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Op-Ed Argues for New CT Gun Taxes

August 22, 2017 By Staff
Op-Ed Argues for New CT Gun Taxes

Democratic leaders are taking aim at Connecticut's gun owners.

A recent opinion piece in the CT Post, titled “Time is right to talk gun tax,” brings back a debate on taxing Connecticut’s gun owners:

One, a gun tax would raise revenue for the state. Two, a gun tax would almost certainly have no impact on gun sales. Three, no one is paying attention to gun sales because of the current president of the United States. In terms of policy and (current) politics, this is close to a no-brainer.

Scott Wilson, president of the Connecticut Citizens Defense League (CCDL), was blunt to point out in recent Cam & Company interview the political motivations behind targeting gun owners in Connecticut just to raise state revenue.

Currently Connecticut has no budget, and is running in the red as legislative leaders are gridlocked:

The numbers will only get worse as the situation continues. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has been operating the state through executive order since July 1. But he has a limited ability to curtail spending, even with the $1.57 billion labor concession package in place.

Confronted with unpleasant budget cuts, once again taxpayers are facing seemingly inevitable and endless tax increases:

Speaker of the House Joe Aresimowicz has been meeting with members of his caucus on a budget plan that includes increasing the Sales Tax, to a level he says is somewhere less than 6.99%, and allowing the cities and towns to impose the “Restaurant Tax” up to an additional one percent on the Sales Tax to provide funding for the cities and towns.

Democratic leaders are taking aim at Connecticut’s gun owners. Earlier this year Gov. Dan Malloy (D-Conn.) proposed increasing pistol permit fees by nearly 400 percent:

“We feel that the increase of Pistol Permit fees 400 percent is astronomical,” Scott Wilson, CCDL president said. “This will have a deep impact on those who only wish to protect their own lives, and the lives of their families. Many Connecticut gun owners are struggling with the current economic conditions in our state.”

While John Stoehr may be calling it the “right time” to talk about a new gun tax, in reality Connecticut’s current leadership has already been targeting gun owners for easy money.