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Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Firearms, ammunition tax proposal will not fix deficit, cure spending, activist says


By Glenn Minnis | Feb 14, 2020


Quincy conservative activist Mecki Kosin sees the proposed 10-percent added tax on assault-weapon sales as just another example of the poor policymaking that now has Illinois mired in such a fiscal mess.

“The state is going bankrupt as we borrow, borrow, borrow, and all Springfield can come up with is talk about charging gun owners more,” Kosin told the Quincy Reporter. “I’m against raising taxes on any level because we pay too much already. I always say we don’t have an income problem, we have a spending problem.”

With that, Kosin laments that Senate Bill 2468, which would slap an additional 10-percent sales tax on so-called “assault weapons” and ammunition, just promises more of the same trouble.  

“You can’t just tax your way out of a deficit,” she said. “It’s never happened before and it won’t happen now. Taxes have to be cut and all these elected officials need to live up to the oath they took to work for us and put the needs of the people first.”

Filed by state Sen. Ann Gillespie (D-Arlington Heights), SB 2468 would put Illinois in contrast with 44 other U.S. states, all of which have banned local taxes on firearms ammunition entirely. Kosin sees the proposal as another example of how legal gun owners are routinely discriminated against, especially here in Illinois.

“Just think about all the talk going on about confiscation and higher fees and costs,” Kosin said. “A fair system would consist of elected officials doing the job they were sent to Springfield to do and not worrying about all the grandstanding that goes on. As far as getting our finances in order, everybody knows everything starts with pension reform.”

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