If you are a gun owner or plan on becoming one this is a shocking part of legislature that is being proposed.
I have received this from Cabela's and with good reason they are concerned. Not only will this affect the sportsman, but it will also hurt any of your local gun dealers.
Please take a look and think about what you can do to help in the fight against these attacks and the threats of new taxes on the outdoors-man.
This is a letter from Cabela's calling us to act:
To Our Fellow Sportsmen and Women:
The Cook County Board of Commissioners has proposed a new tax which, if approved, will significantly increase the price you pay for guns and ammunition. Their 2013 proposed budget asks for a new $25 tax on all firearms as well as a nickel tax per bullet or shotgun shell purchased.
If passed, this ordinance will penalize law-abiding sportsmen and women by pricing our cherished outdoor pursuits out of reach. There are many instances where the tax on ammunition will exceed the actual cost of the product, leading to price increases of over 150 percent.
Cabela’s strongly opposes this proposed ordinance and we urge you to oppose it as well.
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle claims this tax will generate about $1 million per year in new revenue. The burden of providing budget relief for the County should not fall on the shoulders of sportsmen and women.
We dispute the claim that this ordinance will raise money. Rather, it will cost the County revenue when hunters and shooting enthusiasts take their business outside County lines. Revenue will be lost, not gained. Many sporting goods stores, including Cabela’s, may be forced to abandon the County in order to remain competitive or may be forced to close their doors and lay off employees.
Finally, this tax will also do nothing to address the issue of gun violence. Imposing financial hardship on hunters and shooting enthusiasts is not a strategy for addressing societal issues.
Cabela’s will strongly oppose this new tax by speaking out at public budget hearings and through written communication to the Cook County Board of Commissioners. We ask that you do so as well by contacting the Commissioners at the numbers listed on the back of this sheet.
Please contact Board President Preckwinkle and all the Cook County Board of Commissioners today and urge them to oppose this unfair tax on your rights.
|President Toni Preckwinkle||312-603-6400|
|Timothy O. Schneider||312-603-6388|
|Jerry Butler||312-603 6391|
|Elizabeth Doody Gorman||312-603-4215|
|Joan Patricia Murphy||312-603-4216|
|Jeffrey R. Tobolski||312-603-6384|
|John A. Fritchey||312-603-6380|
|William M. Beavers||312-603-2065|
|Jesus G. Garcia||312-603-5443|
|Deborah Sims||312-603 6381|
|Peter N. Silvestri||312-603-4393|
|John P. Daley||312-603-4400|