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Public hearing held at Capitol for proposed Ammunition tax proposal

A similar bill was proposed last year with a 50% excise tax, but did not pass committee.

HARTFORD, Conn. — A public hearing was held at the Legislative Office Building Thursday to discuss a proposed bill would introduce an excise tax on ammunition. 

West Hartford representative Jillian Gilchrest, the author of HB 5040,says it would provide up to $7 million per year for anti-violence programs.

"The revenue generated would go into a fund that would then go to pay for evidence based programs in Connecticut's four major cities," says Gilchrest. 

Gilchrist proposed a similar bill last year with a 50% excise tax, but it died in committee. She says that this 35% excise tax is just a starting number and she is willing to negotiate with business owners. 

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However, Holly Sullivan of the Connecticut Citizens Defense League feels the bill is unfair. 

"We are already sharing in the same cost as everybody else-- but to isolate gun owners who are law abiding background checked folks for the crimes of others is unfair," said Sullivan.

You can read the bill by clicking here