The Firearms Excise Tax Improvement Act of 2010

1 min readMay 15, 2023

The Firearms Excise Tax Improvement Act of 2010 is a legislation that made changes to the existing tax regulations related to firearms. Here is a summary of the key points:

  1. Tax Increase: The act increased the excise tax on firearms, ammunition, and archery products. The tax on handguns increased from 10% to 11% of the sales price, while the tax on other firearms, such as rifles and shotguns, increased from 11% to 12.5%. The tax on ammunition increased from 11% to 11.5%, and the tax on archery products increased from 11% to 14%.
  2. Use of Tax Revenue: The act specified the allocation of the tax revenue generated from these increased rates. The revenue was designated for the Wildlife Restoration Trust Fund and the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act. These funds support wildlife conservation, habitat restoration, and hunter education programs.
  3. Importation Tax: The act also imposed an additional importation tax on firearms and ammunition. The tax rate on imported firearms increased from 2% to 3.4%, and on imported ammunition from 3% to 5.4%. This tax was applied to the manufacturer or importer of the firearms or ammunition.
  4. Recordkeeping Requirements: The act introduced certain recordkeeping requirements for manufacturers, importers, and dealers of firearms and ammunition. These provisions aimed to enhance transparency and compliance with tax regulations.

The Firearms Excise Tax Improvement Act of 2010 primarily focused on increasing the tax rates on firearms, ammunition, and archery products, with the revenue generated being directed towards wildlife conservation efforts.