HB 2546 : Tax Breaks for Firearm Purchases

Position: Oppose Status: House Desk Awaiting First Reading

Creates a tax credit for the cost of background checks for firearm sales and allows the travel mileage associated with the background check to be tax deductible.


Introduced January 14, 2019 by Rep. Paul Evans.

  • Creates credit against personal income tax for cost of criminal history record check required by state law for transfer of firearm.
  • Creates subtraction from taxable income for mileage for travel associated with criminal history record check.
  • Applies to tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2019, and before January 1, 2029.

HB 2546 sets a bad precedent for Oregonians. Should Oregonians receive a tax credit for the price paid to have a car’s emissions checked at the DMV? For the travel to and from the DMV for the check? Or deduct the cost of a stamp to mail a ballot? Or the travel mileage required to mail the ballot? This bill isn’t an answer for a problem–it’s a problem just waiting to generate more problems.