Local Gun Store Owner Weighs in on Cook County Idea to Tax Guns, Ammo


Quinn Ford
WBEZ.org
October 11, 2012

Cook County’s proposed tax on guns and ammunition is getting mixed reviews from gun store owners.

On Tuesday, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle said her budget office is considering a tax on guns and ammunition as a way to recoup costs stemming from gun violence. She also said the tax would align with one of her priorities, reducing the number of guns on the street.

Preckwinkle did not say how much the tax would be or if it would actually be included in her 2013 budget proposal due next week, but Don Mastriani, owner of Illinois Gun Works in Elmwood Park, said a new tax is not the best way to address gun violence.

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