Chicago’s Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is scaling back her proposed violence tax, reports the Chicago Sun-Times. She told reporters she's dropping her proposed nickel-a-bullet tax, but will continue to push for a $25 tax on each firearm sold in Cook County. “It was very important to us to tax guns — because we know that guns are the source of incredible violence that we have in our neighborhoods,” Preckwinkle said. “And it's the proliferation of guns that has made the violence in our neighborhoods so difficult to cope with.”
She said there was “difficulty” with ammunition. In some cases, the taxes would have been greater than the price tag on a box of ammunition. She's not ruling that out down the line. Preckwinkle has been unapologetic about the fact that her violence tax is more of statement than a moneymaker for the county, which absorbs the costs through its public health and court systems. By dropping the ammunition tax, the county would bring in only $600,000 in new revenues next year, which would be used for the health and criminal justice systems.