Cook Co. Board President Toni Preckwinkle has dropped her controversial nickel-a-bullet tax proposal, though she is sticking to the idea of a $25-per-gun tax.
Apparently Preckwinkle was surprised to find that 5¢ a round would double the price of some ammo, and agreed, at least temporarily, to relent on that notion. She also agreed to exempt police officers from the $25-a-gun tab, an example of special privileges for law enforcement typical of urban areas.
A variety of crime-fighting proposals were tossed in with the gun tax, which one suspects will draw a lawsuit from the Illinois State Rifle Ass’n if implemented. The county government predicts revenue of $600,000 a year from the gun tax, implying it expects 24,000 guns to be sold within the county each year. Since a lot of buyers will travel elsewhere to buy rather than pay the $25 charge, that prediction is probably on the rosy side.