Gun Rights Advocates Slam Proposed Ammo Tax

CHICAGO (CBS) — Gun rights advocates are slamming a proposal for a 2 percent tax ammunition sales in Illinois.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Brandis Friedman reports, HB 5167, a proposed bill sponsored by state Rep. Kelly Cassidy (D-Chicago) would levy a 2 percent tax on all ammunition sales and direct the revenue toward a high-crime trauma center grant fund. It would help cover medical costs for indigent victims of violent crime.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Brandis Friedman reports

But Illinois State Rifle Association Executive Director Richard Pearson says the legislation would impact registered, law-abiding gun owners, instead of those who commit crimes with guns.

“Everything that comes out of the city of Chicago attacks the law-abiding citizens. It doesn’t actually focus on the criminal,” Pearson said. “The criminal still gets by with whatever he’s doing – robbery or selling drugs.”

Pearson says the bill is meant as an effort to control the Chicago crime rate in Chicago. But he thinks lawmakers should first examine the city’s dropout rate.

“That means that 49 percent of the people who are 18 years old or thereabout now have all kinds of problems finding a job,” Pearson said. “They have very little choice but to turn to a life of crime.”

So far HB 5167 has been sent to Executive Committee.

  • Bob Haaga

    Thats cause you can buy anything in Chicago and crook county

  • Brad

    It’s time Chicago and downstate secede. We’re are tired of Chicago politics and Chicago problems interfering with our lives. Tired of your crooked governors stealing downstate funds to bailout your dismal trasportation system, tired of paying for the vast majority of state politicians to comute to Springfield. Tired of footing the bill to house past governors and their lackies to stay in comfy prison cells. Before you call for tax on ammo take away our guns, maybe you sould think about all the people that use guns in our lives every day. The people that don’t live in densly populated areas. The people that don’t have a police station five blocks away. KEEP IN MIND THIS EFFECTS EVERYONE.

    • Roberta Waker

      AMEN. We are ALL tired of Chicago politics and want them to go away. They are trying to run the State and the Governor is allowing it. How can the City charge a State sales tax on ANYTHING? How can the City approve taking your STATE tax refund to pay for CITY violations? Chicago does NOT run the State of Illinois and maybe the State should secede from Chicago.

      • The real James Hamilton

        the groundwork is laid out it just needs support, here is a link to the Bill.

        DECATUR, Ill. (CBS) — A downstate lawmaker would like to kick Chicago and Cook County out of the Illinois.
        CBS 2 Political Producer Ed Marshall says state Rep. Bill Mitchell (R-Decatur) finds that Cook County dominates all politics and legislation in Springfield, and he thinks it is time for the state to cut its largest population center adrift for the “betterment” of the rest of Illinois.
        He says Cook County should be allowed to exist apart from the state like the District of Columbia, with its own government.

  • Thad baird

    All graves should be tax, because dead people are still voting

  • MrCrabs

    Director Pearson is being extremely polite in his response. He knows the rest of us are not in the least bit happy with the continued assault on honest citizens. The Banana Republic of Chicago created its own social problems and now they want to punish the rest of us for their moral failure. It’s their problem, they can pay for it out of their pockets; not out of the rest of the state’s pockets. This whole approach of theirs is about control. Control of government, control of tax money and fees, and control of the voters. Chicago is just as dangerous to freedom as all the 3rd-world dictatorships and dark theocracies.

  • sickened

    Just 3 weeks ago Jay Lavine & McCarthy booooasted how their new crime strategy adopted by another clown from New York who wrote a book had dropped crime significantly. They picked a week they could compare to last year and said Geeeeeee, last year there were 15 murders and this year none. Didn’t Chicago just have about 15 shootings this past weekend? Why doesn’t Jay Lavine mention the real results of McCarthy’s crime strategy?

    Every week there’s a new gun control measure coming out of that rathole we all call Chicago.

  • Barney Fife

    I hope that when the thug is caught with an illegal weapon he needs to produce a sales receipt for the ammo purchased and tax paid. Remember Al Capone never was jailed for his crimes, but tax evasion.

  • Not falling for it

    There is just no end to these POS Democrats in this state. They want law abiding gun owners to pay for the animals killing each other on the south side. Fk em.

  • Centurion

    A 2% TAX on legally purchased ammo is supposed to control the crime rate? IS THIS GUY A BLITHERING IDIOT OR WHAT? You want to to levy a tax to control the crime rate….put higher taxes on Ripple, Martell Cognac, Schlitz Malt Liquor, MIller High Life, you need to tax all those SOUT SIDE LIQA STOES. West side too.

    • OLD VET


  • Centurion

    VOTE THIS KELLY CASSIDY IDIOT OUT OF OFFICE! Who are the idiots that put this moron in office?

  • Just Axin

    Call this waste of a state employee and tell her to stop wasting our $: 773-784-2002

  • Afro

    Why the hell are they even giving these thugs medical treatment let em die in the street.

    • Centurion

      It’s not just the thugs and slime…its all the 10 year old girls who get caught in the crossfire. Should they just let 10 year old girls die in the street

      • Afro

        Did I say Thugs or 10 year old girls you fuk?

  • Niko

    What is next? Tax the air we breathe !?

  • THEE Yard Ape

    Will these savage negro criminals pay this BS tax???

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