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Illinois State Representative Rita Mayfield (D) Proposes 3.75 Percent Surcharge On Firearms And Firearm Parts

Illinois Democrats continue to push anti-gun legislation in Springfield, the latest being Illinois House Bill 1810 from State Representative Rita Mayfield (D-Waukegan). From Brandon Merano over on the WSIL-TV (Southern Illinois ABC affiliate) website Friday:

A new bill headed to the Illinois House floor could increase what we pay for guns.

The bill would put a three-and-three-quarters percent charge on firearms and firearm parts, with revenue going to at-risk youth.

Language in HB 1810, introduced by State Representative Rita Mayfield defines “At risk Youth” as kids ages 16 – 22 who live in a “high crime area where the homicide rate is more than 4 times higher than the average rate of a community the same size.”

That suggests most of the funding would flow north to Chicago…

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

A week ago, the National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action reported on legislation introduced in the Illinois Senate by State Senator Toi Hutchinson (D-Chicago Heights)- Amendment 2 to Senate Bill 9- warning:

Under SA 2, a 5% tax would be imposed on any membership or access fee for gun clubs, shooting ranges, hunt clubs, training classes and match fees. Not only is this an abhorrent tax on your Second Amendment rights, it also requires that any of those places/people to register with the state and pay an annual fee of $75 just so that they can offer their service or membership with the 5% tax added

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

To see the latest actions on Illinois HB1810, visit the Illinois General Assembly website here. And for activity regarding SB0009, head to that same site here.

By Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

Source:

Merano, Brandon. “Proposed Illinois law aims to tax gun purhcases.” WSIL-TV. 3 Feb. 2017. (http://www.wsiltv.com/story/34424940/new-law-aims-to-tax-gun-purchases). 5 Feb. 2017.reported

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Monday, February 6th, 2017 Firearms, Government, Gun Rights, Hunting, Political Parties, Self-Defense, Shooting Sports, Taxes, Training Comments Off on Illinois State Representative Rita Mayfield (D) Proposes 3.75 Percent Surcharge On Firearms And Firearm Parts

Shocking: Illinois ‘Pole Tax’ Fails To Bring In Projected Revenue

How many times have we seen politicians push some new controversial tax (often a “sin” tax), telling consitutents tons of new money will be coming in if its implemented.

And how many times has this turned out not to be the case, with actual revenue collected nowhere near what was “projected.”

Still, the dubious tax remains on the books as yet one more financial burden on the citizens.

Enter the Illinois “Pole Tax.”

From The State Journal-Register (Springfield, Illinois) website on August 18, 2012:

Strip clubs in Illinois will have to hand over a share of their revenues, starting in 2013, to help fund programs to prevent sexual assault and counsel victims under a law signed by Gov. Pat Quinn on Saturday.

The measure establishes a new tax on the clubs that will raise up to $1 million a year, helping to reverse several years of funding cuts for rape crisis centers. The legislation has also sparked debate over how strong of a link can be drawn between strip clubs and violent crime, and whether those businesses should pay out to fight the problems…

The law, which takes effect Jan. 1, will place an annual surcharge on strip clubs that have live nude dancing and permit alcohol. Businesses could pay $3 per customer or pay a graduated amount based on their sales. The money will go to a special fund devoted to preventing sexual violence and counseling its victims…

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

Fast forward to this morning on the same website, which now reads:

Illinois officials say a strip club tax has generated less than 40 percent of the money that was expected when the surcharge was approved.

The Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises newspapers reports the “pole tax” raised about $380,000 in 2013. That’s far less than the $1 million predicted when the measure passed the General Assembly in 2012…

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

Like with other sin “taxes,” one might wonder if the Illinois “Pole Tax” is really about restoring funding for rape crisis centers in the state, or is actually meant to drive out the “nudie bars” from Illinois.


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Come to think of it, I wonder how much money Cook County raked in with its $25 per-gun tax on firearm purchases after a full year of being on the books. That “Violence Tax” went into effect on April 1, 2013.

Hal Dardick reported on the Chicago Tribune website back on October 31, 2012:

The gun tax would raise $600,000, Budget Director Andrea Gibson said…

We’ll see, as I suspect someone will be publicizing that actual number soon.

By Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

Sources:

“Illinois strip club tax will fund rape crisis centers.” The State-Journal Register. 18 Aug. 2012. (http://www.sj-r.com/x1167780465/Illinois-strip-club-tax-will-fund-rape-crisis-centers). 16 Apr. 2014.

“Strip club tax brings in much less than expected.” Associated Press. 16 Apr. 2014. (http://www.sj-r.com/article/20140416/NEWS/140419556). 16 Apr. 2014.

Dardick, Hal. “Preckwinkle drops bullet tax, keeps gun tax.” Chicago Tribune. 31 Oct. 2012. (http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-preckwinkle-drops-bullet-tax-keeps-gun-tax-20121031,0,3962662.story). 16 Apr. 2014.

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Wednesday, April 16th, 2014 Firearms, Fiscal Policy, Government, Taxes Comments Off on Shocking: Illinois ‘Pole Tax’ Fails To Bring In Projected Revenue

Democratic Congressmen Push For 20 Percent Federal Excise Tax On Firearms, 50 Percent Tax On Ammo

Back when Danny Davis (D-IL) was my congressman, I don’t recall hearing too much from him- unless he was coming up for re-election.

Well, November 4, 2014, is fast-approaching, and he and another Democratic congressman- William Pascrell (D-NJ)- whose seat is up for election have both decided to take it upon themselves to remind Americans that Democrats stand for gun “control.”

You see, Representatives Davis and Pascrell introduced HR 3018- the “Gun Violence Prevention and Safe Communities Act”- last week, which would hike federal excise taxes on firearms from 10-11 percent up to 20 percent, and hike taxes on ammunition from 11 percent to 50 percent.

I’m guessing a number of pro-gun Democrats, especially those holding office whose seats are also up for election in 2014, are livid right now.

From GovTrack.us this evening:

A BILL

To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to increase the excise tax and special occupational tax in respect of firearms and to increase the transfer tax on any other weapon, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the ‘Gun Violence Prevention and Safe Communities Act of 2013’.

SEC. 2. INCREASE IN EXCISE TAXES RELATING TO FIREARMS.

(a) In General- Section 4181 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 is amended to read as follows:

‘SEC. 4181. IMPOSITION OF TAX.

‘There is hereby imposed upon the sale by the manufacturer, producer, or importer of the following articles a tax equivalent to the specified percent of the price for which so sold:

‘(1) Articles taxable at 20 percent:

‘(A) Pistols.

‘(B) Revolvers.

‘(C) Firearms (other than pistols and revolvers).

‘(D) Any lower frame or receiver for a firearm, whether for a semiautomatic pistol, rifle, or shotgun that is designed to accommodate interchangeable upper receivers.

‘(2) Articles taxable at 50 percent: Shells and cartridges.’.

HR 3018 would also increase the transfer tax on firearms covered under the National Firearms Act (“machine guns,” for example) from $200 to $500 and the transfer tax on all other guns from $5 to $100.

Other blogs/websites are reporting that besides ammo, this legislation hikes just handgun- not long gun- taxes, but based on the following- “Firearms (other than pistols and revolvers)”- I take this to mean rifles and shotguns as well.

Consider the following analysis of the gun “control” legislation by Michael Cohn over at AccountingToday.com:

The bill, known as the Gun Violence Prevention and Safe Communities Act, is co-sponsored by Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr., D-N.J., and Danny Davis, D-Ill. It would increase the excise taxes on firearms from the current range of 10 percent to 11 percent and raise it to 20 percent. The bill would also increase the excise tax on ammunition from 11 percent to 50 percent. It would also increase the Special Occupational Tax on firearm importers, manufacturers and dealers; include assault pistols in the definition of firearms covered under the National Firearms Act; increase the transfer tax on all weapons (except antique guns) covered under the National Firearms Act (excludes most common guns) from $200 to $500 and index to inflation; and increase the transfer tax for any other weapon from $5 to $100 and index to inflation.

All government agencies would be exempted from the tax, including federal, state and local agencies, such as police departments.

Here’s my analysis. The legislation won’t become law. And I think Congressmen Davis and Pascrell know that.

But it did get them some valuable face time for next year’s election.

You can read the entire text of HR 3018 on GovTrack.us here.

By Christopher E. Hill, Editor
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

Source:

Cohn, Michael. “Congressmen Introduce Bill to Increase Taxes on Guns and Ammunition.” AccountingToday.com. 27 Aug. 2013. (http://www.accountingtoday.com/news/Congressmen-Introduce-Bill-Increase-Taxes-Guns-Ammunition-67848-1.html). 27 Aug. 2013.

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Cook County, Illinois, Sued For New Gun Tax

“You’re welcome to sue. We’ve looked at this and we believe we can survive any challenge.”

-Cook County, Illinois, Board President Toni Preckwinkle, on proposed new taxes on firearm and ammunition purchases within the county, October 18, 2012

On November 9, 2012, the Cook County, Illinois, Board of Commissioners voted 16 to 1 in approving Board President Toni Preckwinkle’s $2.95 billion budget for 2013- and a new $25 per gun “violence tax” on firearm purchases by law-abiding citizens to pay for the carnage caused by violent criminals.

On November 12, I blogged that there was talk of two lawsuits being drawn up against the county as a result of this tax on residents exercising a Constitutional right.

And Thursday night, I came across the following from Cook County Reporter Lisa Donovan on the Chicago Sun-Times website:

A group of Chicago area gun dealers and owners filed a lawsuit Thursday in Cook County Circuit Court, aiming to halt a new $25 tax on every gun purchase in Cook County…

“Proponents of the tax have admitted that its purpose is to curb the number of firearms in circulation. The Tax thus is intended to deter individuals from exercising their fundamental right to keep and bear arms guaranteed by the Second and the Fourteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution and… the Illinois Constitution,” the lawsuit states.

The suit claims the tax infringes “on the right of law-abiding citizens to keep and bear, and law-abiding Retailers to sell, arms as guaranteed” by state and local constitutions.

The gun tax is scheduled to go into effect on April 1.

It’s been claimed that the new tax is also a gun registration scheme being carried out by the second most populous county in the United States. On November 23, 2012, I wrote:

From the website of Maxon Shooters Supplies & Indoor Range (one of the gun shops affected) in nearby Des Plaines:

Did you know the “Violence Tax” would give the city of Chicago & Cook County COMPLETE ACCESS to all records of firearm sales, ammunition and etc. This would ALLOW law enforcement agencies to ENTER YOUR HOME to inventory and audit all your firearms & ammunition WITHOUT A WARRANT!

With the recent passage of Cook County Ordinance Number 13-O-13, which requires “persons who own or possess firearms within Cook County to promptly report to the Cook County Sheriff the loss, theft, destruction or transfer of firearms,” gun registration- whether intended or not- is now in effect in the county. From section 58-190, “Report of transferred firearms:”

A person reporting the sale, transfer, inheritance, or other disposition of a firearm shall provide the following information:
(1) Owner name;
(2) Owner address;
(3) Owner Firearm Owner’s Identification Card number;
(4) Date of acquisition;
(5) Place of acquisition;
(6) Means of acquisition;
(7) Firearm type;
(8) Firearm serial number;
(9) Date of sale, transfer, inheritance or other disposition; and
(10) The name, address, and Firearm Owner’s Identification Card number of the transferee.

No doubt about it, gun registration now exists in Cook County, Illinois. And history shows that confiscation often follows.

By Christopher E. Hill, Editor
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

Source:

Donovan, Lisa. “Gun owners, dealers sue over Cook County’s $25 tax on firearms.” Chicago Sun-Times. 14 Mar. 2013. (http://www.suntimes.com/news/18859382-418/gun-owners-dealers-sue-over-cook-countys-25-tax-on-firearms.html). 16 Mar. 2013.

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Saturday, March 16th, 2013 Ammunition, Firearms, Government, Gun Rights, Hunting, Legal, Main Street, Public Safety, Self-Defense, Shooting Sports, Taxes Comments Off on Cook County, Illinois, Sued For New Gun Tax

New Cook County Gun Tax Also A Registration Scheme?

I’ve blogged quite a bit about the adoption of Cook County (Illinois) Board President Toni Preckwinkle’s 2013 budget- and a new $25 per gun “violence tax” on firearm purchases in the county. However, I understand there may be something more than a gun tax going on here. From the website of Maxon Shooters Supplies & Indoor Range (one of the gun shops affected) in nearby Des Plaines:

Did you know the “Violence Tax” would give the city of Chicago & Cook County COMPLETE ACCESS to all records of firearm sales, ammunition and etc. This would ALLOW law enforcement agencies to ENTER YOUR HOME to inventory and audit all your firearms & ammunition WITHOUT A WARRANT!

Interesting. I believe the “ammunition” part no longer applies due to the bullet tax proposal being dropped. Still, if what Maxon’s is saying is true, and certain information about the purchaser of the firearm is recorded with the City of Chicago and Cook County being able to access it, then this sounds like a gun registration scheme at the local level.

The City of Chicago already has a gun registration program in place. The record-keeping associated with this new Cook County gun tax could ensnare future firearm buyers outside the city limits but still within the county.

I’ve also heard talk that the $25 the county will receive on every firearm purchase will be going to fund gun “control” efforts. That will be the topic of a future post if there’s some substance to the claim.

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Friday, November 23rd, 2012 Ammunition, Firearms, Government, Gun Rights 3 Comments

Cook County To Be Slapped With Two Lawsuits For New Gun Tax?

It took only two days before word of a lawsuit being filed against Cook County, Illinois, was out after the county’s Board of Commissioners voted 16 to 1 last Friday to approve Board President Toni Preckwinkle’s $2.95 billion budget for 2013- and a new $25 per-gun “violence tax” on firearm purchases.

Make that two lawsuits.

As regular readers of Survival And Prosperity know, one of the podcasts I like to listen to is Tom Gresham’s Gun Talk radio show, which I named a “Resource of the Week” back in July of last year.

I happened to be listening to Sunday’s show while driving to Oak Park, Illinois, this morning (oh the irony!) when Gresham, a nationally-known firearms expert and radio/television host, introduced Richard Pearson, Executive Director of the Illinois State Rifle Association (a gun rights advocacy organization and state affiliate of the National Rifle Association), and the two started talking about this new tax. From the exchange:

PEARSON: I believe that there’s at least two lawsuits being drawn up against the County of Cook, and so I think that those will go forward. I can’t say a lot about those yet. But I believe those will be going forward sometime after the new year.

GRESHAM: Okay. So we can’t talk about it but we know something is going to happen here.

PEARSON: Something’s going to happen.

GRESHAM: Something’s going to happen (chuckling).

Two lawsuits. Wonder how much those are going to cost Cook County taxpayers should the county lose in court?

That infamous $399,950 check recently drawn-up by the City of Chicago, “signed” by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, and delivered to a gun rights group as reimbursement for legal fees incurred in the McDonald v. Chicago case- which the City of Chicago lost– might be a clue.

The podcast with Richard Pearson can be found on the Gun Talk website here.

More information about the ISRA can be found on their website here.

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Monday, November 12th, 2012 Firearms, Government, Gun Rights, Legal, Taxes Comments Off on Cook County To Be Slapped With Two Lawsuits For New Gun Tax?

Cook County Enacts $25 Per-Gun Tax On Firearm Purchases

After reading the following a short time ago about Cook County (Illinois) Board President Toni Preckwinkle’s gun tax on law-abiding residents to pay for the stupid actions of local criminals, I thought to myself, “I can’t get out of Cook County fast enough.” From Hal Dardick on the Chicago Tribune website at lunchtime:

The cost of buying cigarettes and guns in Cook County will rise next year after commissioners today voted 16-1 to approve County Board President Toni Preckwinkle’s $2.95 billion budget.

In addition to the $1-per-pack increase on a pack of smokes and a new $25 per-gun tax on firearm purchases, the board also enacted a 1.25 percent use tax on large out-of-county purchases, with an exemption on the first $3,500 spent. There’s also a $1,000-per-year tax on slot machines and a $200-per-year tax on video gambling terminals.

The cigarette tax increases March 1, while the use tax and gun tax are effective April 1.

(Editor’s note: Italics added for emphasis)

So, it’s now “official”- Cook County, Illinois, is now the only place in America that levies a special tax on purchasers of firearms.

At least for now.

Funny how Cook County officials and the “watchdog” Chicago news media never talked about how this new gun tax will impact major sporting goods retailers who do brisk business selling firearms and have a presence in the county, such as Cabela’s and Dick’s Sporting Goods.

I’m guessing their respective corporate offices are running the numbers right now to decide whether or not to shut down their retail stores in Cook County.

A subject that’s already being discussed.

“Opening Soon! The Trinkets And Other Crap For Sale Store”

Soon-to-be-seen signage at the former sites of 40 or so gun shops and the Hoffman Estates Cabela’s in Cook County? There’s plenty of these kinds of businesses already around.

In total, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and the 17 Cook County Commissioners just hiked fees and taxes for area residents and business by a projected $41.7 million. Meanwhile, Cook County residents and businesses struggle to keep afloat in the ongoing financial crisis.

Forward!

Source:

Dardick, Hal. “New Cook County budget includes $1-a-pack cigarette tax hik.” Chicago Tribune. 9 Nov. 2012. (http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/politics/clout/chi-new-cook-county-budget-includes-1apack-cigarette-tax-hike-20121109,0,384861.story). 9 Nov. 2012.

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Proposed Cook County ‘Violence Tax’ To Be Voted On Friday

This proposal smacks of the same social bigotry that produced poll taxes on minority voters in the South. Preckwinkle should know you can’t tax the exercise of a civil right.

-Alan Gottlieb, Chairman of the gun rights group Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, in a CCRKBA press release from October 31

Chicago media outlets are reporting that Cook County, Illinois, commissioners are likely to vote on Board President Toni Preckwinkle’s proposed “violence tax”- and larger revenue plan for Cook County in 2013- this Friday, November 2.

As I noted yesterday, President Preckwinkle revised the “violence tax” to include only the $25 per gun tax on firearm purchases made in Cook County.

Despite this change, it sounds like gun rights supporters plan on suing the nation’s second most populous county should the scheme be approved.

From a National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action legislative alert yesterday:

As Chicago-area jurisdictions have learned to their financial detriment in the past, the right to keep and bear arms is fundamental, and any revenue raised by this additional burden on citizens exercising that right is likely to be consumed by costly litigation and attorney’s fees as this tax joins the roster of restrictive and unconstitutional gun laws struck down by the courts. Federal and Illinois courts have consistently held that discriminatory taxes on the exercise of fundamental rights are unconstitutional. For example, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a tax on the cost of paper and ink used to produce publications because “[a] power to tax differentially, as opposed to a power to tax generally, gives a government a powerful weapon against the taxpayer selected.” Minneapolis Star and Tribune Co. v. Minnesota Com’r of Revenue, 460 U.S. 575 (1983). Likewise, the Illinois Supreme Court struck down a surcharge on marriage license fees to fund domestic violence programs because people “forced by the tax imposed to alter their marriage plans” would suffer “a serious intrusion into their freedom of choice in an area in which [the court had] held such freedom to be fundamental.” Boynton v. Kusper, 494 N.E.2d 135 (Ill. 1986).

“Federal and Illinois courts have consistently held that discriminatory taxes on the exercise of fundamental rights are unconstitutional.”

Hopefully, the Cook County Board of Commissioners have been counseled about this, and understand that the remaining responsible citizens in Cook County, Illinois, won’t be too happy seeing their hard-earned money being wasted on legal fees and other costs related to such seemingly unconstitutional activity.

Not to mention 40-plus businesses and their desperately-needed sales tax revenue going to other counties.

Pro-Second Amendment groups are recommending the Cook County Board of Commissioners be contacted about Friday’s likely vote. The commissioners’ contact information can be found on the Cook County website here.

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Thursday, November 1st, 2012 Firearms, Government, Gun Rights, Hunting, Legal, Public Safety, Self-Defense, Shooting Sports, Taxes Comments Off on Proposed Cook County ‘Violence Tax’ To Be Voted On Friday

Proposed Cook County ‘Violence Tax’ Revised, Lawsuit Threat Remains

“Legal challenge.”

Those are the words I’m hearing these days as it relates to the proposed “violence tax” on purchases of firearms and ammunition by Cook County (Illinois) Board President Toni Preckwinkle. The Chicago Democrat presented her 2013 budget proposal for the nation’s second most populous county back on October 18.

Whoa! This just in from Hal Dardick over on the Chicago Tribune website a short while ago:

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle today dropped plans for a five-cent bullet tax, but still wants to charge a $25 tax on every gun purchase.

The compromise was negotiated over several days with Commissioners John Fritchey and Edwin Reyes, both Chicago Democrats, who had balked at the guns and ammo taxes.

In exchange for their support, Preckwinkle agreed to create a $2 million fund to combat gun violence. Fritchey had proposed dedicating $1.4 million to anti-gun violence efforts. She also agreed to exempt law-enforcement officers from having to pay the tax, which helped convince Reyes to support the plan.

I wonder what Chris “Million Dollar Tax Per Bullet” Rock would say about the change?

I know what he’d say.

Now, as I was saying- lawsuit.

Not only would I not be surprised to hear about one being filed by pro-Second Amendment forces should this tax on guns go on the books (the revision won’t make a difference in their eyes), but also that Cook County ends up paying out more than what’s collected through this scheme to blame law-abiding residents for the actions of criminals.

To give you an idea just how much Cook County taxpayers could be on the hook for because of this proposed tax, one needs only to look at the $399,950 check recently written by the City of Chicago to a gun rights group as reimbursement for legal fees incurred in the McDonald v. Chicago case… which the City of Chicago lost.

According to that Chicago Tribune piece, the newly-revised “violence tax” is projected to bring in only $600,000 into the County’s coffers.

I suspect it would be a lot less than that if the tax is implemented, as common sense dictates residents would just go outside the county to buy a gun.

And the $25 per gun tax is still a business killer, as many, if not all, of the 40-plus gun shops in the county will pack up and move due to their colleagues outside Cook County being able to price their firearms $25 less right off the bat.

There goes much needed sales tax at a time when firearm sales are booming- no pun intended.

And don’t forget the gun shop owners/employees, who will no longer contribute to the local economies around their stores once they leave for greener pastures.

Despite this new revision to President Preckwinkle’s proposed “violence tax,” I suspect pro-Bill of Rights groups are still itching to take Cook County on in the courts.

If I were the County, I’d keep my checkbook someplace handy.

And prepare for taxpayer wrath.

Source:

Dardick, Hal. “Preckwinkle drops bullet tax, keeps gun tax.” Chicago Tribune. 31 Oct. 2012. (http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-preckwinkle-drops-bullet-tax-keeps-gun-tax-20121031,0,3962662.story). 31 Oct. 2012.

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Wednesday, October 31st, 2012 Ammunition, Firearms, Government, Gun Rights, Legal, Political Parties, Self-Defense, Shooting Sports, Taxes Comments Off on Proposed Cook County ‘Violence Tax’ Revised, Lawsuit Threat Remains

Cook County’s Proposed ‘Violence Tax’ On Shaky Ground

It’s official. Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle has presented her 2013 budget, and the Chicago Democrat is pushing a $25 tax on every firearm purchase and a nickel-per-bullet tax on ammunition purchases that take place within the county.

To give you an idea of what the proposed “violence tax” would look like as it concerns ammunition, a $22 525-round “value pack” of 22 LR ammo (a very popular purchase) would now cost $48.25, even before sales tax is applied. Like to buy bulk? An $85 2,100-round bulk purchase of the same ammunition would cost more than $200 after taxes.

(Editor’s note: Prices from Cabela’s, which operates a store in the Cook County portion of Hoffman Estates)

Taxing law-abiding gun owners in Cook County for the actions of criminals is bad enough, but to jack up the price of ammunition as to make it unaffordable for many? It will surely be argued that such a tax infringes on residents’ Second Amendment rights.

And President Preckwinkle’s response to a possible lawsuit? Don Babwin wrote on the Yahoo! News website yesterday:

Preckwinkle said she wasn’t worried about a lawsuit.

“You’re welcome to sue,” she said. “We’ve looked at this and we believe we can survive any challenge.”

“You’re welcome to sue.”

I have a feeling many Cook County residents would disagree with Ms. Preckwinkle here. They are becoming more knowledgeable of the dire financial situation the nation’s second most populous county is in, and might not relish the idea of handing over a big chunk of their hard-earned money to gun rights groups and their attorneys à la the City of Chicago and the Village of Oak Park because some gun “control” scheme that wasn’t of their making was found to be unconstitutional by the courts.

At this point, even some Cook County commissioners are questioning whether the proposed tax on guns and ammo will make it into the approved budget. Greg Hinz wrote in his blog yesterday on the Crain’s Chicago Business website:

County Commissioner John Fritchey termed the proposal overall “fundamentally sound and solid and honest.” But he predicted some of the revenue raisers will have trouble and are improperly being posed as social goods…

And the ammunition tax on a standard, 2,100-round box of .22 bullets would boost the price from $85 now to $190, he said, predicting that tax will have particular difficulty passing.

(Editor’s note: Italics added for emphasis)

Alejandra Cancino and Hal Dardick mentioned Commissioner Larry Suffredin- a known gun “control” supporter out of Evanston- this morning on the Chicago Tribune website. Cancino and Dardick wrote:

He also said he’s not sure Preckwinkle can muster sufficient votes to pass the guns and ammunition tax because even some Democrats oppose it.

(Editor’s note: Italics added for emphasis)

“Even some Democrats oppose it.”

What does that say about the proposed new tax?

Gun rights groups will have to work quickly to bury the proposed tax, as President Preckwinkle has indicated she’d like to have the budget enacted by mid-November, meaning the measure would cover the 12 months beginning December 1, 2012.

Stay tuned…

Sources:

Babwin, Don. “Official proposes bullet tax to curb Chicago crime.” Yahoo! News. 18 Oct. 2012. (http://news.yahoo.com/official-proposes-bullet-tax-curb-chicago-crime-070551870.html). 19 Oct. 2012.

Hinz, Greg. “Preckwinkle asks new sin, use taxes, but cuts spending and payroll in new budget.” Greg Hinz On Politics. 19 Oct. 2012. (http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20121018/BLOGS02/121019789/preckwinkle-asks-new-sin-use-taxes-but-cuts-spending-and-payroll-in). 19 Oct. 2012.

Cancino, Alejandra and Dardick, Hal. “Preckwinkle budget would raise cigarette, gun taxes.” Chicago Tribune. 19 Oct. 2012. (http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-preckwinkle-budget-1019-20121019,0,2638703,full.story). 19. Oct. 2012.

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  • List Of Offshore Private Vaults Updated
    The list of private, non-bank vaults outside the United States (offering safe deposit boxes/lockers at a minimum) located on this blog’s sister site- Offshore Private Vaults- has just been updated. Safe deposit facilities now open for business have been added under the following countries: -Hong Kong (Smart Secured Storage) -Liechtenstein (Liemeta AG, Triesen) -United Kingdom […]
  • Related Reading: The Telegraph Looks At Latest Security Technology In Bank, Private Vaults
    I’m back after several days spent on matters related to the research business (focus: specialized asset protection) I’m in the process of rolling out. Despite the “spring break,” I compiled a good deal of material to blog about in the near future. Getting back into the saddle then… “How to rob a bank” This headline […]
  • Next Degussa Numis Day To Take Place March 30, 31
    Rare numismatic coins often find their way into safe deposit boxes. And Degussa, a leading international player in the precious metals world which also offers safe deposit boxes (for customers) at branches in Germany, Singapore, Spain, and Switzerland, has posted information about the next Numis Day (first blogged about here) at their Geneva and Zurich […]
  • Related Reading: Switzerland, Canada, United Kingdom Top U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 ‘Best Countries’ Rankings
    Here’s an annual survey one might consider when selecting an offshore safe deposit box location. U.S. News & World Report just released its “Best Countries” rankings for 2017. Kevin Drew reported Tuesday morning on the American media company’s website: Switzerland is viewed as the No. 1 overall country, according to a survey of more than […]
  • Related Reading: London’s Sharps Pixley Spotlighted By The Spectator Magazine
    Monday evening I read an interesting article about London, England-based precious metals showroom/safe deposit box service Sharps Pixley (first blogged about here). Margareta Pagano wrote on the website of The Spectator (UK) this past weekend: When the going gets tough, the tough go shopping. And when the going is seriously tough- as it may be […]