Cook County Commissioners Endorse Preckwinkle ‘Violence Tax’

Cook County, Illinois, is on its way to becoming the nation’s first major U.S. metropolitan area to levy a tax on firearm purchases for the purpose of gun “control.”

The Cook County Board of Commissioners voted 9 to 7 earlier today to impose a $25 tax on each firearm sold within the county. Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, who proposed the so-called “violence tax,” claims the gun tax will raise $600,000 in revenue in 2013.

Similar tax proposals have failed in six other states, including California, Louisiana, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Oklahoma and Pennsylvania.

The endorsed “violence tax” doesn’t become final until the Board meets next Friday, November 9, to approve the entire budget.

Since felons cannot acquire an Illinois State Police Firearm Owner’s Identification card and therefore cannot legally-purchase firearms in the state of Illinois, this gun tax will end up punishing law-abiding residents of Cook County.

In a number of ways, as I’ve pointed out before.

Furthermore, since when were discriminatory taxes on the exercise of fundamental rights suddenly constitutional?

Poll taxes come to mind here.

Sniff, sniff, sniff. I smell a big ol’ lawsuit coming from gun rights supporters if this budget is passed with the endorsed “violence tax” included in it.

Let’s see that check again the City of Chicago was forced to write after it lost McDonald v. Chicago

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Friday, November 2nd, 2012 Firearms, Government, Gun Rights, Legal, Taxes
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