Illinois legislators have proposed two new bills that would create new so-called “sin tax” on ammunition and strip clubs.
The first bill was introduced early this month by Illinois State Representative Kelly Cassidy, 14th District Democrat, imposes a 2 percent tax on the sale of ammunition. House Bill 5167 would create a 2 percent surcharge on the selling price of firearm ammunition. The new surtax would begin January 1, 2013.
The bill would create a High Crime Trauma Center Grant Fund in which the funds would be used to pay for medical care in high crime areas.
The bill has been condemned by the Illinois State Rifle Association.
“The lawful firearm owners of this state are under no obligation to pay medical bills racked up by gang bangers, druggies, and other violent criminals,” commented ISRA Executive Director Richard Pearson. “The assumption behind HB5167 is that somehow the state’s hunters and sportsmen are to blame for violent crime and, therefore, should be forced to pony up and pay for others’ misdeeds.”
The bill has been assigned to the Executive Committee.
The second bill proposed by Illinois State Senator Toi Hutchinson, Olympia Fields Democrat, would impose a $5 entrance fee for anyone entering live adult entertainment facilities that include striptease clubs or other business that has nude or partially denuded individuals.
The revenue from the Live Adult Entertainment Facility Tax Act, SB3348, would be used to fund a Sexual Assault Prevention Fund and grants will be made from the fund to organizations that provide community-based assistance to victims of sexual assault.
The bill states that crime statistics show that crimes of all types, especially sex-related crimes, occur at a higher rate near sexually oriented businesses.
The bill has been assigned to Revenue Committee of which Senator Hutchinson is the chairperson.