People who use guns in Illinois would help pay for trauma centers in high-crime areas, under a bill which has advanced to the floor of the Illinois House of Representatives. The bill would impose a two percent sales tax on ammunition.
The sponsor, State Representative Kelly Cassidy (D-Chicago), says she hopes the tax could raise between $800,000 and $1.2-million. She says it can be a valuable asset in the fight against gun violence.
National Rifle Association lobbyist Todd Vandermyde likened the proposal to a poll tax, and a Republican on the committee, State Representative Ed Sullivan (R-Mundelein), said since you cannot purchase ammunition in Chicago anyway, Cassidy is just trying to tax the suburbs and Downstate to help trauma centers in Chicago.
Cassidy denied the centers would necessarily be in Chicago, but Sullivan responded, “That’s the reality of the state of Illinois.”
H.B. 5167 has passed the House Executive Committee.