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Posted:  10/25/2012 7:56 AM #34783
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Subject: Oppose Cook County Ammunition and Firearms Tax
Anti-gun Chicago politicians are at it again. Last week, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle decided to solve their budget problems by attacking law-abiding firearms owners and retailers. The proposed 2013 budget plan seeks to tax all purchases of firearms and ammunition in Cook County. The budget proposal will impose a tax of a nickel per bullet (or shotgun shell) and $25 for each firearm purchased; basically penalizing individuals for exercising their constitutional right. There are many instances where the tax on ammunition will exceed the actual cost of the product leading to price increases of over 150 percent.

Not only will this proposal have a severe negative impact on Cook County finances through the loss of sales tax, but it will also lead to retailers abandoning the county all together. Retailers collectively pay millions upon millions of dollars in county sales tax that would effectively disappear if this budget proposal were to become law, thereby leaving the county in worse financial shape. The county commissioners are also ignoring the fact that implementation of this extensive tax program and ammunition registration scheme will cost millions of dollars to the county.

Cook County in an attempt to increase revenue is focusing on law-abiding gun owners and retailers instead of targeting criminals in the city. In these difficult economic times, the county commissioners, as elected officials, should do everything in their power to support legitimate business owners instead of driving businesses and consumers to neighboring communities. Federally licensed firearms retailers, most of which are small independent businesses are the backbone of the county's economy. Our small business owners know firsthand how regulations, however well intentioned, can have a significant adverse financial impact on a business. Currently, Illinois retailers are some of the most heavily regulated firearms dealers in the nation.

The financial burden that is created by this tax proposal requirement makes it increasingly more difficult for law-abiding retailers to continue their livelihood, create jobs and tax revenue for the county. Cook County's firearm retailers are not the cause of the criminal misuse of firearms.

Over the next week, there have been four public hearings scheduled on the proposed 2013 Executive Budget. If possible please attend one these hearings and testify in opposition to the tax. You must sign up first to testify.


Date Time Location
Thursday, Oct. 25 6:30 p.m. Second District Courthouse
5600 Old Orchard Road, Conf. Room 201
Skokie, IL
Friday, Oct. 26 9 a.m. Cook County Building
118 N. Clark St. Board Room, Rm. 569
Chicago, IL
Tuesday, Oct. 30 6:30 p.m. Sixth District Courthouse
16501 S. Kedzie Pkwy., Courtroom 098
Markham, IL
Thursday, Nov. 1 6:30 p.m. Fourth District Courthouse
1500 South Maybrook Dr., Courtroom 106
Maywood, IL

Please contact Board President Preckwinkle and all the Cook County Board of Commissioners today and urge them to oppose this unfair tax on your rights.

Commisioner Phone Number
President Toni Preckwinkle 312-603-6400
Robert Steele 312-603-3019
Larry Suffredin 312-603-6383
Earlean Collins 312-603-4566
Timothy O. Schneider 312-603-6388
Jerry Butler 312-603 6391
Elizabeth Doody Gorman 312-603-4215
Joan Patricia Murphy 312-603-4216
Jeffrey R. Tobolski 312-603-6384
Bridget Gainer 312-603-4210
John A. Fritchey 312-603-6380
William M. Beavers 312-603-2065
Gregg Goslin 312-603-4932
Edwin Reyes 312-603-6386
Jesus G. Garcia 312-603-5443
Deborah Sims 312-603 6381
Peter N. Silvestri 312-603-4393
John P. Daley 312-603-4400


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Posted:  11/1/2012 8:13 AM #34915
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( Posted By Ray Carter- Wednesday’s partial retreat by Cook County, Ill., board President Toni Preckwinkle on her proposed “violence tax” is a good start, but the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms said the entire idea should be scrapped. CCRKBA panned the proposal more than a week ago, when Preckwinkle announced she was mulling a 5-cent tax on every cartridge and a $25 tax on firearms to help close a budget gap. Today she backed off on the “bullet tax” but still wants the tax on firearms adopted.


CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb today was delighted with the partial victory, but said a “full retreat from this proposed gun ownership penalty is necessary.”

“Gun owners have won a partial victory,” Gottlieb observed, “but Preckwinkle is still trying to make them shoulder more than their fair share with this tax proposal. Face it, illegally-armed criminals are not going to pay any tax, so waging class warfare against legal firearms owners is way off target, and we brought attention to it.

“Besides,” he continued, “it’s not gun owners but government that got Cook County into the budget mess. How does a county government come up short by an estimated $3 billion, anyway?

“Experienced shooters and hunters know enough to conserve their ammunition,” Gottlieb said. “Public officials like Preckwinkle should take a lesson from that when it comes to spending taxpayer dollars. Instead, she wants to just dig deeper in everyone’s pockets, whether they are gun owners, smokers or gamblers.”

Newspaper reports said the county budget could run in the red next year because of the costs of public health clinics, two hospitals and the criminal justice system.

“What Preckwinkle wants is to penalize gun owners for exercising a constitutionally-protected civil right,” Gottlieb stated. “The penalty should be on Preckwinkle and her political allies for spending the county that far into the red.

“This proposal smacks of the same social bigotry that produced poll taxes on minority voters in the South,” he concluded. “Preckwinkle should know you can’t tax the exercise of a civil right.”

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