Don’t worry; I wrote the headline and had read it a second a time… but it seems there may be a glimmer of light for gun owners in the Land of Lincoln. Surprisingly, the changes are in Cook County! Not so surprising though is the fact that it is against the will of the lawmakers in Cook County.
In the past, it went something like this. Cook County (Kook County, Chicago, Chi-raq—call it what you want) has been plagued by gun violence. Its also been plagued by lawmakers blaming their problems on the guns and not the criminals. As the number of shootings has risen, the lawmakers have responded by trampling on the Second Amendment rights of its citizens. In fact, the laws became such an overreach that the courts had get involved and strike the majority of them down as unconstitutional.
Like all anti-gunners, once they lose the legal argument in court, they seek out ways to subvert the law. Cook County has made numerous attempts to outlaw all guns, semi-automatic guns, cheap guns, bullets, magazines… You name it, and the Democrats of Cook County have tried to use it against the law-abiding gun owners and sellers within its reach. The latest attempt has been to use tax law by imposing a per bullet tax and gun tax. For firearms, the tax is $25 each and cartridges range from one to five cents per round depending on caliber.
The glimmer of light?
State Law makers are fighting back and looking to take the power away from the anti gunners in Cook County by passing a new law that would take away the power of local municipalities and counties to tax away our Rights! To this end, Illinois Senator Matt Murphy (R-27) has introduced a bill to remove the taxation powers of local governments and remove the burden that has been placed on Chicago Residents.
Here is what the NRA-ILA had to say: Last week, Senate Bill 2341, introduced by state Senator Matt Murphy (R-27), was assigned to the Senate Revenue Committee. Similar to the previously reported House Bill 4348, SB 2341 seeks to remove the power of local governments and municipalities to impose a sales tax on firearm and ammunition purchases. This legislation would also void the currently standing firearm and ammunition sales tax in the City of Chicago. These taxes seek to make an already expensive product even more so, potentially pricing law-abiding citizens out of exercising their Second Amendment rights. Further, those taxes levied from gun owners are placed into the “Public Safety Fund,” thereby blaming law-abiding individuals and forcing them to pay for the crimes and acts committed by criminals.