A county tax on firearms and ammo could raise $1 million and work toward curbing gun violence, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle says. Are those good enough reasons to enact such a proposal? Take our poll and tell us.
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Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle has floated the idea of a tax on guns and ammunition to offset a 2013 budget shortfall. Is this a good idea?
Nicknamed a "violence tax," a proposed Cook County tariff would hike up the prices of firearms and ammo as a way to take care of a 2013 budget shortfall, according to an NBC 5 Chicago News report. READ: Check Out the Full NBC 5 Chicago News Story for More Details The tax is being considered by Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, who said it wouldn't just be used to fill a $115 million budget hole next year, the report stated. It also would try to stem Chicago's gun violence in light of the past summer's rash of shootings and the city's climbing murder rate, which is up 25 percent from last year, the report continued. "It's a problem for us in our criminal justice system and it's a problem for us in our health care system, and I …