It doesn't matter what the governments reasoning is. Just because they have a reason doesn't mean it is right. Gas isn't a protected right by the way. it takes money to operate a church. Completely different thing then the government taxing religion. Are there other taxes and surcharges on guns already above and beyond normal sales tax? Yes. does the fact that an injustice exists make further injustice okay? Absolutely not. I don't have the right to affordable transportation. I don't have the right to free health care. I don't have the right to own a house. I don't have the right to smoke. The government can and does tax the poop out of these things masking them unaffordable to many. I do have the right to arm myself if I so chose. and the government shouldn't be taking that right out of my hands by slowly, 10 bucks at a time taxing out out of my reach.