Chicago gives up on bullet tax

by American Firearms Review  |  published on November 23, 2012

We rarely see any good news out of Chicago, which is probably the most anti-gun city in the United States after Washington, DC. But yesterday the Windy City bucked its bad news trend…sort of:

The senior executive of the county that includes Chicago dropped a proposed tax on bullets on Wednesday but kept a plan to tax firearms to help defray healthcare expenses associated with the high rate of gun.

Under the plan, the county would impose a $25 tax on the purchase of firearms. The tax is expected to raise $600,000 in revenue in 2013. [Cook County Board President Toni] Preckwinkle abandoned a proposed tax of 5 cents a bullet because the tax in some cases would have exceeded the price of ammunition.

The firearm tax is a nasty piece of work that would give Chicago the honor of being America’s first city to use a tax as gun control. But the bullet tax was even worse and it’s good that Preckwinkle came to his senses on it. In Chicago, it’s the small victories.

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