‘Bullet Tax’ Proposed By Baltimore Mayoral Candidate


WBAL 11 TV
July 19, 2011

BALTIMORE — A mayoral candidate’s plan to reduce violence in Baltimore includes a “bullet tax” that he said will increase the cost of committing a crime.

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Otis Rolley said he would, if elected, propose a $1 per bullet tax on all bullet purchases in the city. He also said he wants to improve recruitment standards and training for the Baltimore City Police Department, work closely with the media to increase awareness of wanted suspects, and reduce the number of vacant properties.

Rolley released his plan Tuesday, citing recent holiday violence at the Inner Harbor and the city’s reputation as one of the most violent in the country as reasons for change.

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As for the bullet tax, Rolley said the measure would cause a decrease in “random firings that too often happen around holidays” and put a high price tag on the cost of committing a crime.

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