Also in this playlist...
This transcript is automatically generated
Gun advocates are trying to use upgraded ammunition against gun owners.
We're talking about new taxes on weapons and ammo that some perceived as just another assault on the Second Amendment.
Here's correspondent Molly Henneberg.
It may be legal to own a gun and but in some states it may cost you more to buy one and to -- the ammunition to go with it.
At this point seven states and one local government had added or are considering legislation to tack on more taxes to guns and or ammunition.
For example Cook County Illinois has added a 25 dollar tax on gun purchases.
Connecticut where the Newtown school shooting happened it's considering a 50% tax on.
California may enact a five cent tax on every bullet sold.
And Maryland is looking at up to a 25 dollar tax on handgun licenses and a 50% tax on ammunition.
There's also an effort by congressional Democrats to place a federal 10% tax on individual handgun purchases.
And then use that money to fund gun safety and violence prevention.
Programs it is -- known fact that guns are responsible for -- Homicides in death and lots of violence in our society there's a price in our society pays for that so I don't think it's unfair to link those things.
With the prevention programs.
But critics say this type of legislation is a roundabout way to get at gun control.
By hitting gun owners in the wallet make no mistake about it this is meant.
To be nothing more than infringe on people's right to keep and bear arms that's what this is all about on the trying to slow down the sale or stop the -- in some cases.
Folks being able to purchase far.
And that's is just wrong.
Congressman -- have introduced counter legislation which under the commerce clause would prevent states and local governments from adding extra taxes to guns and ammunition.
He also contends that the new taxes unfairly burden people who are not wealthy but still want to quote protect their family their property or themselves.
But congresswoman Sanchez maintains that local police agencies need the extra funds to combat what she calls the epidemic problem of gun violence.
Brett -- thank you.
Filter by section