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Official proposes bullet tax to curb Chicago crime

Published: Thu, October 18, 2012 @ 3:45 p.m.

CHICAGO (AP) — As Chicago struggles to quell gang violence that has contributed to a jump in homicides, a top elected official wants to tax the sale of every bullet and firearm — an effort even she acknowledges could spark a legal challenge.

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle will submit a budget proposal today that calls for a tax of a nickel for each bullet and $25 for each firearm sold in the nation's second-largest county, which encompasses Chicago.

Preckwinkle's office estimates the tax will generate about $1 million a year, money that would be used for various county services including medical care for gunshot victims. Law enforcement officials would not have to pay the tax, but the office said it would apply to 40 federally licensed gun dealers in the county.

Through last week, the city reported 409 homicides this year compared to 324 during the same period in 2011. Although the violence still doesn't approach the nearly 900 homicides a year Chicago averaged in the 1990s, officials say gang violence was largely to blame for a rash of shootings earlier this year.


1uselesseater(229 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

How does taxing guns and ammo stop senseless violence? You think gangbangers care about taxes on guns? They steal and rob, they don't work for their money.

This is just another bank robbery by the politicians of the citizenry.

What they ought to do in Chicago is MANDATE firearm ownership for every adult legally allowed to possess such. Give them free handgun training too.

If you don't comply, then they should charge the non-compliance folks for failing to properly arm and protect themselves and fine them or tax them for additional police protection.

We only have violence like this, with senseless murders where control freak governments disarms the public. Go look at Mexico and gun rights where we have all this violence. Pick any place in the world almost with violence problems and check the current gun prohibition laws.

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2exlonghorn(45 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

Its CHICAGO! 'nuff said.

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3southsidedave(5199 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

What a joke: a nickel and dime, will not stop crime!

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4uselesseater(229 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

Just look at Kennesaw, Georgia as the example of what an armed population does to eliminate the violent crime rate:


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5uselesseater(229 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

You should also look at Switzerland. The male population is trained to bear what we'd here now call an assault rifle.

They are given a rifle and ammo that remains in their home the rest of their lives.

Switzerland by all definitions is well armed.

They also seem to benefit by having a corresponding very low crime rate. Majority of the criminality in Switzerland is committed by foreigners.

8 million people estimated in Switzerland with 84 homicides in 2009. That's one homicide per 95,238 people.

Compare that to Youngstown, population 73,818 with 25 homicides in 2010 or 1 per 2952.

Compare Switzerland to Chicago. Population of 2,695,598 with 432 homicides in 2010 or 1 per 6239.

Odd we are labeling Chicago the most dangerous city in the world or even the United States. Clearly on a per capita basis Youngstown is over twice as dangerous.

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6redeye1(5678 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

If its starts in Chicago, The rest of the nation won't be far behind. This will probably be the way BO gets around the second amendment. Just wait and see if BO gets re-elected.

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7Silence_Dogood(1677 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

The normal Democrat response to any problem is to just simply place a tax on it.

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8walter_sobchak(2728 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

I'll bet the state of Indiana is all for this tax. Just think of the new gun stores that would open up in Gary and East Chicago.

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