Vote: Should Illinois Tax Ammunition Sales?

The Illinois House is considering legislation that would add a 2 percent tax to ammunition sales. The money would go to trauma care centers in high crime areas, including Chicago.

Illinois gun owners could face a 2 percent tax on ammunition if proposed legislation makes its way through the General Assembly.

House Bill 5167 is expected to yield up to $1.2 million a year, according to Illinois Statehouse News. The Illinois Department of Public Health would give the revenue to trauma care centers in high crime areas, including Chicago.

A co-sponsor of the bill said it's part of the "fight against gun crime," but National Rifle Association lobbyist Todd Vandermyde argued it's an “unconstitutional poll tax."

"The law-abiding citizens are essentially paying for the criminals' actions," said Robert Wise, co-owner of gun shop in New Lenox. That's an argument state legislators have echoed, because they believe legal gun owners would be paying the price for violent crimes largely in Chicago.

Vote below: Should the state government pass this bill?

Co-sponsor Kelly Cassidy (D-Chicago) and said the proposal would provide greater access to trauma care and help some hospitals establish trauma centers. That aid wouldn't be limited to Chicago, according to the Statehouse News.

The House Executive Committee approved the bill with a 7-4 vote along party lines last week. Rep. Renee Kosel (R-New Lenox) said she doesn't anticipate that to be the case when it goes to a full House vote.

"There are many people from downstate Illinois who are pro-Second Amendment and they're Democrats," Kosel said. "I've sworn off tax increases regardless of what's taxed. We can't afford it in this economy. People could even just go to Indiana or Wisconsin to buy ammunition."

Downrange co-owner Ray Wise said it would have a detrimental effect on customers in the Lincoln-Way area. He said the price of bullets has already increased recently, and that's in part because of the high demand for the ingredients of a bullet.

"This is a very good, gun-supporting community," he said. "If they want to reduce crimes then why not pass concealed carry?"

Illinois Statehouse News contributed to this report. Read the full story here.

Rob March 15, 2012 at 12:02 PM
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BRW March 15, 2012 at 01:45 PM
The "people" committing gun crimes in the city already have free healthcare, its called welfare. I won't buy ammo in this state if the law passes. I'll just go to Indiana. I was in Springfield for IGOLD on March 7th and there is a very strong anti-Chicago sentiment from the legislators there. Rahm doesn't understand he is the mayor of the city, not the governor. As a law-abiding gun owner, I refuse to pay for the mayhem the animals in the city cause.
Deb Melchert March 15, 2012 at 08:01 PM
C0untZer0 March 15, 2012 at 08:57 PM
When my wife and I were having our first child, we came in for our scheduled delivery. While we were walking in, a pickup truck pullled up and a group of people literally unloaded a pregnant woman at the emergency room. This woman ended up being in the same room with my wife. I got to talk to the nurses about her. She didn't have a doctor at the hospital - didn;t have a doctor at all. I asked if the woman had insurance and the nurse just rolled her eyes. The cost for my daughter being born was $15,000, our insurance covered most of it. Whatever it cost that hospital to deliver that woman's baby - they got absolutely no reimbersment from her. I'm guessing she got around $15,000 worth of free health care with an emergency delivery of her kid. Ya... I don't think Cassidy really is interested at all in funding trauma centers or she'd address the number one things that's causing them to lose money...
Paul Vaccaro March 26, 2012 at 12:33 PM
Careful now or they will tax gravity lol


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