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Chicago Area Proposes First Local Tax on Guns, Bullets

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Chicago Area Proposes First Local Tax on Guns, Bullets

Amid a surge in gun violence in this city, officials in Cook County, which encompasses the city and surrounding suburbs, are considering a tax on guns and bullets that could become the first such levy in the nation.

On Thursday, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle proposed a nickel tax on each bullet and $25 on each firearm, as part of a $2.9 billion budget proposal, saying violence in the area is “devastating, and the wide availability of ammunition only exacerbates the problem.”

Homicides in Chicago have jumped 26% this year to 409—most of them from shootings. Ms. Preckwinkle said she hopes the tax would help deter local gun violence, but that the main intent is to recoup some of the tens of millions of dollars the county spends each year to treat uninsured shooting victims.

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