$25-a-gun sales tax approved in Chicago area
The $25 tax on every gun purchased in the county -- city law prohibits gun sales in Chicago -- is meant to offset health care and other costs of gun violence, Board President Toni Preckwinkle said.
"Gun violence is a real problem for us," she said. "It's a problem for us in our criminal justice system and it's a problem for us in our health care system, and I make no apologies for the proposal."
Preckwinkle said the average shooting victim cost taxpayers $52,000 in acute care because nearly 70 percent of the victims don't have health insurance, NBCChicago.com reported.
The gun tax, which takes effect April 1, was passed as part of Cook County's $2.9 billion spending plan for 2013.
$25-a-gun sales tax approved in Chicago area - U.S. News
All this tax will do is hurt gun dealers in Cook country due to potential gun purchasers will just go to another county. She also wants gun purchases to foot the bill for shot up criminals.
Seems stupid is a never ending sickness. I recall many moons ago when people in southern Wisconsin used to make trips to the Wisconsin/Illinois state to purchase cigarettes due to cheaper cigarette taxes in Illinois.