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Ammo tax would fund trauma centers

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An Illinois state representative is taking a shot a curbing gun violence by taxing bullets.

By Anthony Brino

An Illinois state representative is taking a shot a curbing gun violence by taxing bullets.

Representative Kelly Cassidy is co-sponsoring measure to use money from taxed ammo to fund hospital trauma centers, which deal with gun-shot wounds. The Chicago Democrat told a house committee that the ammo surcharge would create a fund to help trauma centers in areas with high crime.

The surcharge could raise up to $1.2 million a year, and would be distributed to trauma centers around the state. Cassidy says it would help stop a decline in trauma care in communities most affected by gun violence.

Several of Cassidy's colleagues say the measure is an unfair surcharge to law-abiding gun owners.

A lobbyist from the National Rifle Association called the proposal unfair, and claimed it would be unconstitutional.

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