Double taxation is something Democrats love. Too bad criminals rarely buy the firearms they use in crimes from gun shops so this tax only affects law-abiding citizens of Cook County.
From Chicago Sun Times:
A group of Chicago area gun dealers and owners filed a lawsuit Thursday in Cook County Circuit Court, aiming to halt a new $25 tax on every gun purchase in Cook County.
The special county tax doesn’t kick in until April 1, but Chuck’s Gun Shop in south suburban Riverdale — one of the better-known gun stores in the area — is among the plaintiffs asking a judge to order the county to hold its fire. The suit says the tax a violation of the right to bear arms.
“Proponents of the tax have admitted that its purpose is to curb the number of firearms in circulation. The Tax thus is intended to deter individuals from exercising their fundamental right to keep and bear arms guaranteed by the Second and the Fourteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution and . . . the Illinois Constitution,” the lawsuit states.
The suit claims the tax infringes “on the right of law-abiding citizens to keep and bear, and law-abiding Retailers to sell, arms as guaranteed” by state and local constitutions.
“There’s enough taxes on those already — we pay a sales tax. [And] I had to pay $100 to qualify to purchase a gun — and I think I’ve paid enough,” said South Sider Deborah Gowder, referring to what she paid for a FOID permit just to purchase a gun. She and her son are both plaintiffs in the case.