The Cook County Board of Commissioners reinstated their “firearm and ammunition tax” after it was struck down by the Illinois Supreme Court in October.
During Thursday’s board of commissioners meeting, members voted to approve an amendment to a previous ordinance dealing with how firearms and ammunition are taxed in order to comply with an Oct. 21 Illinois Supreme Court ruling.
LIBERAL INFLUENCERS SEIZE ON LATEST SCHOOL SHOOTING TO PUSH GUN CONTROL
The Oct. 21 opinion struck down the tax because it impeded on citizen’s Second Amendment rights. However, Illinois Supreme Court Justice Mary Jane Theis said in the court’s opinion that any tax on fundamental rights must “establish that the tax classification is substantially related to the object of the legislation.”
The new amendment passed by the board of commissioners directs revenue raised from the tax to a new “Special Purpose Equity Fund to fund gun violence prevention programs.” Revenue from the tax will also go towards “operations and programs aimed at reducing gun violence.”
Previously, the revenue went towards a “Public Safety Fund to fund operations related to public safety.”
SAN JOSE MAYOR ROLLS OUT NEW GUN CONTROL PROPOSAL DAYS AFTER RAILYARD MASS SHOOTING
Under the ordinance, retail purchases are subject to a $25 tax for each firearm purchased. Centerfire ammunition is taxed at $0.05 per cartridge, and rimfire ammunition is taxed at $0.01 per cartridge.
The board voted to tax firearms in 2012 and amended it in 2015 to include ammunition.
CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP
According to the Chicago Tribune, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle believes the revisions made to the ordinance will align it with the court’s opinion.
Preckwinkle cited gun violence statistics when asked why she wanted to save the tax.
“The cost of a bullet should reflect, even if just a little bit, the cost of the violence that ultimately is not possible without the bullet,” Preckwinkle said.
One Republican commissioner, Sean Morrison, told The Tribune that the measure is still unconstitutional, even with the revision.