Cook County’s new tax on firearm sales goes into effect today. The $25 tax is expected to raise about $600,000 a year.

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle said the money will help fund the county’s hospital system — where, she says it costs an average of $52,000 to treat a gunshot victim.

“Gunshot victims make up more than 30 percent of the patients our trauma center sees,” Preckwinke said, at a news conference this morning, adding that, “I know this tax will not unilaterally solve the violence issue we face here in Chicago and other parts of Cook County, but it is without a doubt a necessary piece of the puzzle.”

The county has also adopted what Preckwinkle called other “common sense” gun safety policies, including a fine of up to $2,000 for those who fail to report a lost or stolen gun and violence prevention funding to help take back communities violence.

She also has advocated for legislation that would ban assault weapons and high capacity magazines; require registration of existing firearms and require background checks on all firearm sales at gun shows.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Instead of coming up with a

    Instead of coming up with a real solution to gun crime Illinois resorts to simply adding another tax.  How about a real solution? Taxes don't fix everything….

    1. Tax?

      Does this mean that they might start taxing newspapers and news magazines. Is there a constitutional question here? If not, the taxing of constitutional rights can be a huge new source of income. It might help pay for the public sector's politically connected pensions.

  2. Tax

    Cook County Needed to find something to replace the Cigarate tax that usually goes up annually. If this tax was a serious effort to accomplish anything it would be more then $25.00.

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