The New York Times reports that the government has put most online tobacco sellers out of business by leaning on credit card companies, which recently announced they would no longer process cigarette purchases from Internet retailers. Annoyed at cost-conscious smokers who avoid hefty taxes by ordering cigarettes from online tobacconists, state officials complain that such retailers are violating the Jenkins Act, which requires anyone who ships cigarettes across a state line to report the sale to tax authorities in the buyer's state. Cigarette discounters on Indian reservations say the law does not apply to them, but the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives is siding with the states. Given the relatively modest size of the online cigarette market (about $1 billion, or 3 percent of total cigarette sales), MasterCard, Visa, et al. presumably decided their cut was not worth a fight. But what will they say when states demand that they stop doing business with online retailers that do not charge sales tax?
The black market still dominates. And more enforcement and fines aren’t going to fix it.
Kamala Harris Does Not Understand Why the Constitution Should Get in the Way of Her Gun Control Agenda
The presidential contender conspicuously fails to explain the legal basis for her plan to impose new restrictions by executive fiat.
Advocating for gun control is no longer enough. On Thursday night, the Democratic presidential candidates promised gun confiscation.
The "assault weapons" that the presidential contender wants to confiscate are not especially deadly, but the symbolism of that policy is poisonous.