SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (IRN) – People who use guns in Illinois for competition or hunting 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 2 percent sales tax on ammunition. The sponsor, State Rep. 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 Rep. 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.”
The bill, H.B. 5167, has passed the House Executive Committee.