Several European countries already do this so only the rich can afford guns and ammo.
How gun grabbers think this will stop criminal activities is beyond me.
Advocates Say Taxing Gun Ammo Will Curb City Violence
HARTFORD, CT — A new 35% excise tax on ammunition sold in the state would bring in about $7 million annually to help pay the more than $1 billion cost of bills that gun violence brings each year, according to the bill’s sponsor.
Rep. Jillian Gilchrest, D-West Hartford and other proponents of the bill held a press conference at the Legislative Office Building Thursday to put a renewed push on for the bill.
She tried the same thing last year - asking for a 50 percent tax - but the Finance Committee never took it up for a vote.
Gilchrest said a recent congressional report showed that gun violence costs the state $1.2 billion annually - or $333 per resident.
She said the overwhelming majority of that gun violence takes place in the state’s four largest cities of Hartford, New Haven, Bridgeport and Waterbury.
Gilchrest said her bill would mandate that the funds raised from the tax be placed in a non-lapsing account to be drawn from by programs and agencies who work on gun violence issues.
The bill, as written, Gilchrest said, would tax ammunition purchased both in stores and on the internet.
She said a box of bullets would cost those purchasing it an extra $3.50 to $5 per box.
“We could be asking for a lot more,” Gilchrest said, adding that those who work in law enforcement and military personnel would be exempt from paying the tax.
Gilchrest said the reality is the vast majority of people in the state are not gun owners but without taxing those who buy the ammunition everyone is paying for the costs that gun violence brings.
Those advocating for the law said they know the bill will be controversial.
“This will get a lot of attention from folks, probably some negative,” said House Majority Leader Matt Ritter, D-Hartford. But he quickly added that the state has “been a leader on some of these gun issues for a decade.”
Sen. Douglas McCrory, D-Hartford, said even though he’s a gun owner he is a strong supporter of the bill, specifically for the reason that its intent is to funnel back money into the cities that have the highest rate of gun violence.
“We have to get ahead of this early to provide programs,” McCrory said. “We are not trying to take guns out of anybody’s hands but I think it is extremely important,” to have strong gun laws.
Currently, “it’s easier to get a handgun than a loaf of bread or lettuce” in Hartford, McCrory said.
Passing the bill won’t be an easy sell for Gilchrest and other advocates.