Will Further Taxing Guns And Ammo Help Curb Violence?

There are few issues that divide Americans more than the subject of gun control. Recent incidents like the Newtown massacre have shined an even brighter light on what many people consider to be a debate of epic proportion: Would stricter gun laws help keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people? While there are no definitive answers to that question, the government is still brainstorming on methods for curbing gun violence, leaving many people to wonder if increased taxes can do the job.

Cook County leading the way. In April of 2013, Cook County began imposing a $25 tax on all gun purchases. It is estimated that this gun tax will raise approximately $600,000 over the course of a year for Cook County alone; it is worth noting that the tax only applies to guns purchased in the Chicago suburbs–not in the city of Chicago. In light of the success of Cook County’s gun tax program, and more than six other American states are now considering similar gun and ammunition taxes as a way of shifting the consequences of gun use to those who use guns.

The logic behind the tax. Gun use costs the public a lot of money. For example, approximately 30 percent of all of Cook County’s Stroger Hospital patients are gunshot wound victims. Each of the patients costs an average of about $52,000 in initial treatments, and further. treatment, on a case by case basis, may cost tens of thousands of dollars more than that. The financial burden of gunshot wound hospitalizations falls on the taxpayers, many of which are opposed to gun use. Therefore, gun and ammo taxing programs are a way of making those who use guns more responsible for the consequences of gun use.

The lawsuit. Of course, this new tax has gun activists up in arms, so to speak. Just recently, a group of gun owners and gun/ammo sellers banded together to file suit against a tax that they feel violates their 2nd Amendment right to bear arms. Lawrence Keane, a representative of the National Shooting Sports Foundation, argues that these taxes “burden and frustrate the exercise of a constitutional right.” However, the Cook County Circuit Court asserts that there is no proof that the tax threatens the 2nd Amendment right in question.

How many other localities will follow Cook County’s lead and instate gun and ammo tax laws? Only time will tell, but it seems most logical to think that those states waiting on the sidelines with tax proposals in hand are waiting to see the ultimate ramifications of Cook County’s gun tax before taking any definitive sides.

About the Author: Milton Dolan scrutinized his income tax form this year to ensure he wasn’t paying anything unfair. He is opposed to further taxes on guns and ammunition and believes in the right to bear arms.

4 comments on “Will Further Taxing Guns And Ammo Help Curb Violence?

  1. Beach Bum Philosopher April 29, 2013 8:35 pm

    Thank you for the post. I am trying to understand how taxing me will help reduce gun shot injuries when I have never caused a gun shot injury? I am also trying to understand how the court does not feel it infringes on the right and bear arms when you mention in your post that the sole intent is to reduce gun violence by basically price the gun and bullets out of range of people if I understand the theory correctly. Bottom line, it is just another way for them to confiscate your money so they can spend it on many wasteful things (ie. planned parenthood, more projects that promote dependency, ….). Tell me how this will prevent any of the recent shootings in Chicago? Do you think gangs and thugs go to the local sports or gun store to buy them. This is laughable. Anybody that falls for this deserves the government they get. Again, I appreciate the post and in no way are my comments meant towards you personally but just the subject matter in your post. Make each day count.

  2. cbcory February 14, 2014 1:07 am

    Read the article. The money will help offset the cost of injuries caused by gun violence.

    “The logic behind the tax.

    Gun use costs the public a lot of money. For example, approximately 30 percent of all of Cook County’s Stroger Hospital patients are gunshot wound victims. Each of the patients costs an average of about $52,000 in initial treatments, and further. treatment, on a case by case basis, may cost tens of thousands of dollars more than that. The financial burden of gunshot wound hospitalizations falls on the taxpayers, many of which are opposed to gun use. Therefore, gun and ammo taxing programs are a way of making those who use guns more responsible for the consequences of gun use.”

    It is not a cure all, just one step. Why should I have to pay for the consequences of gun misuse?

  3. mastermind September 22, 2014 3:13 pm

    In reading this post on taxes for guns and ammo, I would like to say I agree with beach bum philosopher in the sense that as a gun owner and gun rights advocate myself, this is just another way to tax law abiding citizens for the actions of others witch in turn does infringe on my second amendment right because when the cost becomes to high for me to make a purchase cause of a tax like this, working middle class individuals like myself will not be able to afford to exercise that right. the criminals won’t care cause they will get their guns and ammo illegally. End note were does it stop first it starts with tax hikes and when that band aid does not work the alternative is imposing laws that ban guns completely. i enjoy open flow of information and conscience conversation so please go to my website at freedomfightersdd.wordpress.com for more topis like this and more.

  4. michael cone September 18, 2016 10:28 pm

    More people die from getting viruses and infections from hospitals and doctors offices than die from gunshot wounds ! Why not impose a tax on them.

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