Cook County, IL, this month began collecting a $25 tax on gun purchases, and at least six states are considering new taxes on firearms or ammunition as a way to help pay for the consequences of gun violence.
The Cook County tax applies to purchases in Chicago's suburbs, but not the city. The tax is expected to raise $600,000 a year, which will help pay for indigent gunshot victims' medical care at county-run Stroger Hospital.
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, a Democrat, says 30% of the hospital's trauma patients have gunshot wounds and it costs about $52,000 for initial treatment for each...
A group of gun sellers and owners sued to block the gun tax, saying it violates the Second Amendment right to bear arms. Circuit Court Judge David Atkins denied a temporary restraining order, saying the lawsuit didn't show "that this right is threatened by the tax."
Gun and ammunition purchases are subject to local sales taxes, and manufacturers pay a federal excise tax — 10% for pistols and revolvers, 11% for other guns, shells and cartridges — that funds wildlife programs.
Lawrence Keane, general counsel of the National Shooting Sports Foundation, which represents gun manufacturers, distributors and retailers, says proposals for new gun taxes are "a coordinated effort by gun-control groups to try to impose a poll tax on the exercise of the Second Amendment."
Such taxes don't create safer communities, Keane says. "They burden and frustrate the exercise of a constitutional right," he says.
Legislation introduced in Congress would add a 10% tax to handgun purchases to pay for gun buybacks and other programs. Bills creating new taxes are pending in state legislatures in New Jersey and Washington state.
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Editor's Note: If a tax were put on the right to vote, or each use of the Fifth Amendment right to non-incrimination, would special interest groups on the Left tolerate it? Would they not be screaming "poll tax"?...Further, if 30% of Chicago's Cook Co. Hospital trauma cases are gunshot wounds (Cook Co. Hospital is arguable the busiest hospital in Chicago) then the issue isn't weapons related, it is culturally related...inanimate objects don't shoot people. People shoot people. And just as we saw with the lunatic that went on a stabbing spree on a Texas campus yesterday, when an individual wants to kill or hurt someone, they can do it with anything and everything...
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