Lawmaker Proposes 50% Tax On Ammunition To Discourage Gun Use

Newly-elected Democratic State Rep. Jillian Gilchrest has proposed a 50 percent tax on ammunition sales in the state.

Hartford, CT – A newly-elected state lawmaker proposed legislation that would create a 50 percent tax on ammunition in Connecticut.

“We see this as a public health measure similar to what we’ve done in the state of Connecticut with increasing the tax on cigarettes,” Democratic State Representative Jillian Gilchrest said in a video posted to Twitter on Monday.

“When we increase that tax we’ve seen a reduction in use. And so we want to continue Connecticut’s legacy of being a leader on preventing and addressing gun violence and we see this as another step forward in that direction,” Gilchrest explained.

"Currently, ammunition is taxed at the same rate as other products, but we want to increase it by 50 percent, because we see it as a prevention measure," she said. "For example, if someone were to buy a 50 cartridge box of ammunition, which goes for about $10, it would increase the price to $15."

"I’m hearing push back about the need to protect one's home... but how much ammunition does someone really need to do that?" the lawmaker wrote in the caption of her post.

She didn't address how many bullets gang members need to shoot each other.

Her proposal was met with immediate backlash from gun owners who said that question meant Gilchrest really didn’t understand why people buy ammunition.

The National Rifle Association (NRA) and gun owners said the tax would prevent those who do have guns from properly training with their firearms.

“This dreadful legislation punishes law-abiding citizens and makes it harder to learn how to safely use firearms,” the NRA tweeted.

After the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida on Valentine’s Day of 2018, Democrats in Congress introduced a similar bill that would have put a 50 percent federal tax on ammunition, according to the Hartford Courant.

It went nowhere.

Ammunition is currently taxed at the regular rate of 6.35 percent in Connecticut, the Hartford Courant reported.

Gilchrest claimed that members of the military and law enforcement would be exempted from the tax; however, the draft legislation does not actually have those exemptions written into it.

A public hearing has not yet been scheduled on the bill, which was referred to the Finance Committee for consideration, the Hartford Courant reported.

Connecticut is not the first state to consider taxing ammunition.

The Washington Supreme Court upheld Seattle’s tax on ammunition in 2017 because it was created to generate revenue, not discourage the purchase of ammunition, FOX News reported.

Also, the tax is limited to $25 per firearm and about four cents per round of ammunition.

A similar bill was proposed in Illinois last year but it did not gain traction, FOX News reported.

At the time, the Heritage Foundation’s Adam Michel said that the tax would encroach on the Second Amendment and create a dangerous black market for ammunition.

Comments (20)
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Trueferblue
Trueferblue

One other group dumbass Gilchrest didn't include in the tax exemption--CRIMINALS. because they generally STEAL the guns and ammo or buy it from those who do! #truferblue

OldVet
OldVet

Hey Dumbass Lawmaker, there is a big difference between ammo and cigarettes. You are just a LIBERAL Snowflake Crybaby

LEO0301
LEO0301

Notice the women in the background wearing the pink pussy hats...I think that says it all.

JBo
JBo

I'm glad that gang bangers will have to start paying tax on bullets for the guns they're not allowed to possess.

unholyone
unholyone

How about a tax for stupid lawmakers at all levels? The country could be debt free in a year.

Ladyfluterby
Ladyfluterby

Another stupid comment by another liberal leftist Democrat. The one positive out of her comment is I bet the sales of ammunition have increased. That's what happens here in the communist state of California every single time they come up with some form of proposed gun control legislation. Those of us who legally and lawfully own guns just stock up.

motor5345
motor5345

Who is WE and Who the F--K are you to tell me or anyone else how much one can have. Just like that other far left winged socialist from NY. Give me a break. I am so tired and pissed with these people. This country is in a world of hurt if these senior Democrats do not get a handle on this shit that is going on. Take control and do what you were elected to do.

Bigg59
Bigg59

Hay Hay Hay SNOWFLAKE lets tax all the good people THUGS GANG BANGERS don't care they steal most of everything anyway what a IDIOT

Sergeant PJB
Sergeant PJB

"I’m hearing push back about the need to protect one's home... but how much ammunition does someone really need to do that?" the lawmaker wrote in the caption of her post.

We stock up on ammo to prevent our rights and property from government assholes like her!

Woobie46
Woobie46

I thought it was a man. I'm a woman and I'm so utterly embarrassed that these women come up with the bs that they come up with. I would have applauded the idea of women in politics at one point, but now I think it might be a huge mistake. People follow some of them for their looks, which is BULLSHIT...think AOC. Some because they are women and for no other reason. No one follows these bitches because they are good Americans! Recall them...

Bobholly79
Bobholly79

HEY STUPID!!! Do you really think criminals pay for the ammo they use???

Pathetic where has common sense gone???

Bobholly79
Bobholly79

Keep voting for DemoRATS

Bobholly79
Bobholly79

Where has the real deomocratic party gone???

EddieK
EddieK

This is the same thing the British pulled on the colonies, and we all know how that turned out.

EddieK
EddieK

"The beauty of the 2nd amendment is that it will never be needed UNTIL they try to take away the guns." Benjamin Franklin

Ron1617
Ron1617

That should stop the bad guys for sure.