As if to discourage both practice for proficiency with firearms, as well as their safe storage, anti-gun legislators have filed bills to tax ammunition, and gun safes and locks:
House Bill 438 imposes a 1% surcharge on the sale price of ammunition, in addition to the sales tax already collected, for a “Mental Health Services Fund.” House Bill 238 also imposes a 1% surcharge on the sale price of ammunition, in addition to the sales tax already collected, for a “Trauma Response Fund.”
It is unjust to saddle law-abiding gun owners with such special taxes to fund social service programs. Criminals obtain the vast majority of their ammunition by illegal means that are not taxed, such as by theft, straw purchase, or on the black market, as they do not have FOID cards to be able to make legal ammunition purchases. Such a measure discourages law-abiding citizens from practicing regularly to be safe and proficient with their firearms for purposes such as self-defense, competition, and hunting. It also discourages recreational shooting by law-abiding citizens, and makes Illinois retailers uncompetitive against retailers outside of the state.
House Bill 316 imposes a 1% sales tax on safes and locks designed to secure firearms. The funds raised do not go towards any special purpose, but go straight to the state treasury. Promoting the safe storage of firearms is an issue that everyone should support. This tax runs counter to it.
Your NRA will monitor these bills and others impacting Second Amendment rights. Please stay tuned to www.nraila.org and your email inbox for further updates.