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$25-a-gun sales tax approved in Chicago area


$25-a-gun sales tax approved in Chicago area

A controversial “violence tax” on guns in the Chicago area was approved Friday by Cook County commissioners, reported.

The $25 tax on every gun purchased in the county — city law prohibits gun sales in Chicago — is meant to offset health care and other costs of gun violence, Board President Toni Preckwinkle said.

“Gun violence is a real problem for us,” she said. “It’s a problem for us in our criminal justice system and it’s a problem for us in our health care system, and I make no apologies for the proposal.”

Preckwinkle said the average shooting victim cost taxpayers $52,000 in acute care because nearly 70 percent of the victims don’t have health insurance, reported.



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  1. 2War Abn Vet

    November 14, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    Make it a hundred. He!!, make it a thousand. Only the criminals are allowed to have guns in Chicago, and they won’t pay anything.

  2. mathis1689

    November 14, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    Just another reason for anyone with any common sense to never go anywhere near Chicago!

  3. greyghost69

    November 14, 2012 at 11:19 pm

    There goes another obama supporter unifying the country! Nice job Prickwinkle!

  4. Jay

    November 15, 2012 at 4:48 am

    Too bad Cabela’s made the mistake of building in Crook County. I guess I’ll just do my shopping at GAT when I’m in the area. Nice job, Prickwanker.

  5. Gerald Bomeister

    November 15, 2012 at 8:30 am

    Eedioots…… How about a $200 a member tax on gangbangers!?!? How about fixing the real problems!?!?!? Lord have Mercy, a whole county of retards…………..

  6. FAAQ2

    November 15, 2012 at 9:06 pm


  7. mike88

    November 16, 2012 at 12:49 am

    Unfortunately, this new tax was not voted on by the citizens of Chicago , only the City Council was allowed to vote on this. If all of the citizens were to be allowed to vote on it, I am sure it would have failed by a landslide.
    Chicago City Council like many City Councils across the nation don’t want the citizens voting on issues that affect them, especially tax issues because they know that the majority of these issues would fail. I wish Chicago residents would start a petition or a ballot initiative that simply stated “No issues will be passed until the voters approve of the issues, this means tax issues, self defense issues, gun issues all issues must be approved by the voters before they can be legally allowed to take effect.”.

  8. Jay

    November 16, 2012 at 5:12 am

    Hey if it’s a violence tax, why don’t they just go collect it from the gangbangers? Preckwinkle, Emanuel and Madigan can go down to da Sout’ Side and get it themselves. And good luck.

  9. dave

    November 16, 2012 at 11:24 am

    And how does this pertain to the illegal gun owners. It will not stop the black market guns and criminals that own them and do the killing. No tax on them. Your people voted your scumbag obama back in to office. Live with it.

  10. Fred Palombi

    November 16, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    Look at the numbers and it really just becomes another way to enforce gun control of”legal” citizens not the bad guys. With 2080 guns sold offsetting just one shooting cost.

  11. Poodleguy

    November 17, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    Talk about an exercise in futility!! The ghetto dwellers don’t bother buying guns, they just steal them in Chicago!!!!!! The Chicago mentality is still stuck in the Capone era, but now & for the last umpteen yrs, the name is Daley!!!! I left Illinois 57 yrs ago & have never missed it & I never called it my home state, no will I ever!!!!!!!!!

  12. bob

    November 20, 2012 at 9:17 am

    I live in Cook County just outside of Lake County. I buy everything in Lake. A nice 2 story Cabelas was built inside the Crook County limits because of the great break they got on taxes. The tax break ended, the second floor is closed because the taxes they had to pay on the retail space was atrocious. Now the $25 gun tax will shut down the gun department since no one is going to pay PRINKwinkle’s Violence Tax. The taxes they are enacting won’t be used for anything but lining the pockets of the crooks at City Hall and pay for Madigan’s daughter to run for Governor. Illinois is the only state without concealed carry. The inner city is so bad they ought to fence it all in. Chicago needs another Zoo.

  13. terrythecork

    March 12, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    Don’t worry. Chicago will soon be the next Detroit!!!!!!

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