Gun Tax Today
- Cook County’s special gun tax, aimed at curbing taxpayer expenses tied to gun violence, kicks in Monday despite a lawsuit by firearms stores and owners to shut it down.
Championed by County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and approved by county commissioners as part of the larger 2013 county budget, the new $25 tax on each gun sale in suburban Cook County goes into effect as a larger national debate on gun control takes center stage.
In proposing the tax, Preckwinkle said she was looking for a way to defray the costs of gun violence on county taxpayers — whether it’s in the public health system where the injured are treated or the local criminal justice system.
All this does is shift the alleged expense to most law abiding gun owners (or future gun owners) rather than address the problem. This is a punitive tax against gun owners and is admitted that it won't even cover the hospital expenses of people who managed to get shot - almost 99% of whom are dope dealing assholes who probably had it coming:
- Expected to bring in just $600,000 in revenues this year, the tax is more symbolic when you consider the county is a $3 billion operation that includes the public hospitals and health clinics as well as the jail and local criminal justice system.
This law is already the subject of at least one lawsuit:
- Last month, a group of Chicago area firearms dealers and owners — including the well-known Chuck’s Gun Shop in Riverdale — sued over the tax, saying it violates their constitutional rights. They asked a judge for an injunction, but Cook County court records show no action has been taken in the case.
In their lawsuit, the gun owners and firearms dealers argue: “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.
Local moron, politician and democrat Larry Suffredin claims this won't result in added costs to an almost bankrupt Cook County:
- Commissioner Larry Suffredin, a North Side and suburban Democrat, said the state’s attorney is already on retainer to the county board and it wouldn’t cost extra taxpayer dollars. Plus Suffredin, an attorney, says the county is on solid legal ground.
Yeah, until an Appellate Court finds in favor of Chuck's and the other plaintiffs and Cook County ends up cutting one of those giant novelty checks like the NRA recently received from Chicago and Oak Park for a few hundred thousand in legal fees.
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