Gun Ammunition Tax comes under fire at the Capitol

Gun Ammunition Tax comes under fire at the Capitol

Gun Rights

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Emotions ran high Thursday at the capitol over a proposed excise tax by Rep. Jillian Gilchrest that would affect ammunition purchases both in stores and on-line. An emotional scolding from Rep. Gilchrest when asked whether her proposal to tax gun ammunition by 35% is a punishment on lawful gun owners. “Shame on you, those being punished are the victims of gun violence from Hartford to Newtown.” – State Rep. Jillian Gilchrest (D) West Hartford She says there has never been a comprehensive plan to fund gun violence prevention programs, and her proposal would do just that. An estimated $50 box of bullets with a 35% excise tax would result in about $17.50 being paid to the state. In total, Gilchrest expects the proposed tax to raise $7 million for programs to diffuse violence. “The impact they will be able to have on the cities of Hartford, New Haven, and Bridgeport is calculable. They will be able to save lives.” Kate Martin, Mom’s Demand Action Hartford State Representative Doug McCrory says it’s important to get to younger generations at the first sign of trouble. “We don’t want to be here on the tail end of a situation that might occur.” – State Representative Doug McCrory (Hartford) Supporters of the proposal say beyond the emotional cost, gun violence has a financial cost. Rep. Jillian Gilchrest says, according to the Congressional report, gun violence costs $1.2 billion annually which works out to $331 for every Connecticut resident. There […]

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