Proposed ammo tax would pay for school trauma response

Proposed ammo tax would pay for school trauma response

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois gun owners would pay a 1% tax on ammunition under a bill that was added to a General Assembly committee list. Under House Bill 238, any ammunition sold in Illinois would have an additional 1% surcharge tacked onto the sale price after adding on existing taxes and fees. The money would be directed to a Trauma Response Fund, an account that would be distributed to public school districts to help pay for a new state-mandated program to prepare for mass trauma events. The program is also created by the legislation. The bill was filed Jan. 22 by Rep. Sonya Harper, D-Chicago, but sat idle until earlier this month when it was assigned to be heard by a subcommittee scheduled to meet Thursday. As is common in the Illinois Legislature, there’s no guarantee the legislation will be voted on Thursday. Harper didn’t respond to a request for comment about her legislation. State Rep. Andrew Chesney, R-Freeport, who also sits on the House Sales, Amusement, & Other Taxes Subcommittee, supports the idea of better preparing local officials to deal with any kind of trauma. However, he said paying for it with an infringement on residents’ Second Amendment rights is a non-starter for him. “There is not a Republican or Democrat in the General Assembly that is opposed to helping people in an emergency or trauma response,” he said. “The question is how to pay for it, how it’s implemented, the size of that safety net, and the size […]

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