2020-02-13 15:24:20 UTC
After 50% Tax Failed, CT State Rep. Proposes 35% Ammunition Tax to Fund ‘Gun
BY DAN ZIMMERMAN |FEB 13, 2020 |24 COMMENTS
My first bill of the 2020 session is a proposal to increase funds for gun
violence prevention & reduction efforts in CT cities by establishing a 35%
excise tax on ammunition. #gunsense #enough
10:57 AM - Feb 10, 2020
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Last year, Connecticut State Rep. Jillian Gilchrest proposed a 50%
ammunition tax, but that went down in flames. So this year, she’s giving it
another try at a mere 35% rate.
Because exactly this kind of thing has worked so well in Seattle. The tax is
sold with plenty of pie in the sky revenue projections of money that will be
used to fund bogus “gun violence” prevention programs. But somehow those
pots of cash never seem to materialize.
Why? Because gun owners will go to great lengths, including driving across
state lines, to avoid the confiscatory tax.
“As I’ve traveled the state learning about gun violence prevention I’ve met
with amazing individuals and organizations who are doing tremendous work in
Connecticut’s cities to prevent gun violence,” [State Rep. Jillian]
Gilchrest said in a video posted to her Twitter account. “This includes
folks who show up to the hospital after a shooting has occurred, folks who
are working with children who are impacted by gun violence, those working
with mothers who are experiencing the pain of losing a loved one and folks
who intervene right on the street to prevent gun violence before it occurs.
“But what I’ve found time and again is that these programs are woefully
underfunded. … I think it’s time that we invest in these programs that can
prevent gun violence in our cities and make our state safer.”
– Russel Blair in Connecticut lawmaker proposes 35% tax on ammunition sales
to fund gun violence prevention