In July of 2010 the Chicago sheriff was walking the streets with a new hat, proposing fresh anti-gun laws while spitting on the federal legislation that he said would create more crime in his town. Realizing his rules were about to be overturned Sheriff Daley presented new ordinances which were the strictest in the nation and we listed them. In the nutshell, residents were permitted to own guns which they could not remove from their homes. There has since been an update.
AP: “ The top official in the county that encompasses Chicago said Wednesday that she will drops plans for a controversial nickel-per-bullet tax but will continue support for a $25 tax on firearms. Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle had said the ordinance was more about addressing gun violence than raising money for the nation’s second-largest county, which faces a budget shortfall of more than $260 million.”
Chicago Trib: “As it was proposed, the taxes on some boxes of bullets would have been greater than the cost of the bullets themselves, Preckwinkle said..”
The obvious solution would be, as in so many states with similar cost differences in products, to simply take your business across the state line. The problem here is that Chicago is funding a budget problem.
Chicago Trib: “The bullet tax was projected to raise $400,000 in revenue. The gun tax would raise $600,000, Budget Director Andrea Gibson said. The revenue would help defray the cost of medical care for people who are shot and then treated at county-run, taxpayer-subsidized Cook County Hospital. The hospital treats about 670 gunshot victims at year at an average cost of $52,000, Preckwinkle said.
To cover the $2 million anti-gun violence effort and the loss of $400,000 in expected revenue, the county’s public health system would reduce the amount it plans to spend on consultants next year, Gibson said. The county also found it could save more on energy costs, she added.
The county is still looking for ways to reduce costs by an additional $1.3 million after Preckwinkle agreed to other compromises that would soften the blow on a proposed 1.25 percent tax on out-of-county purchases and restructured the proposed tax on gambling machines.”
The AP story misses what the Trib includes as part of the tax vote package tomorrow, a $1 increase for cigarettes.
Think what has been done to our Second Amendment rights during Obama, cannot blame Bush. Chicago residents;
-The ordinance bars anyone from possessing a handgun outside a home, which excludes garages, outdoor areas, hotel rooms and group-living quarters.
-It also requires guns kept in homes with minors under age 18 to be secured when they are not in the possession of the owner.
All of the training courses required, only one gun in operable condition, permit costs…
Why are there 670 gunshot victims a year?