Connecticut Lawmaker Proposes 50 Percent Tax On Ammunition (Video)


Connecticut State Rep. Jillian Gilchrest (D-13th) has proposed a 50 percent tax on firearms ammunition which has caught the attention of the National Rifle Association.

“This dreadful legislation punishes law-abiding citizens and makes it harder to learn how to safely use firearms,” the NRA wrote in a tweet Tuesday morning.

The only concession that Gilchrest is willing to make is exempting police and military personnel from the impost, but homeowners who purchase ammo to protect their families, hunters and gun enthusiasts get no such break.

In a video posted to her Twitter page, Gilchrest, who is serving her first term in the General Assembly, described the tax as a “prevention measure.” Ammunition in Connecticut is currently taxed at the normal sales tax rate of 6.35 percent.

Gilchrest equated taxes on ammunition with taxes on cigarettes, claiming both are examples of a “public health measure”.

“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,” Gilchrest said. “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’s bill was referred to the legislature’s finance committee. Sen. Will Haskell, D-Westport, joined her in introducing the measure. It has not been scheduled for a public hearing.

Democrats in Congress introduced a bill last year following the deadly shooting at a high school in Parkland, Fla. that would impose a 50 percent federal tax on ammunition.

Research by the RAND Corporation, a nonpartisan think tank which receives a mix of Pentagon and other funding, concluded there was currently “little empirical evidence to indicate how taxation would influence firearm-related outcomes, such as violent crime or suicides” but “given that taxation has been a standard policy lever for other potentially harmful goods (e.g., cigarettes, alcohol, and soda or sugary beverages), we may be able to derive insights from policy changes in these markets.”

Breitbart reports:

Gilchrest did not mention that a tax on ammunition makes self-defense cosh prohibitive for poorer Americans.

She readily admits that under her plan, a $10 box of ammunition would cost $15, but she does not connect the dots to understand that most ammo is far higher than $10 to begin with. So the price increase resulting her from her proposed tax would, in many cases, be much greater than $5.