Following the tragic school shooting in Parkland, Florida, lawmakers in the state looked for legislative solutions to prevent future such incidents.
Although some legislation has been passed in the fifteen weeks since the shooting, lawmakers are still offering forth prospective solutions. As many Republicans are eyeing increases in school security, such as metal detectors and single-point entryways, Democrat lawmakers are more focused on gun control measures and making the process more difficult to own a gun.
Such is the case with Florida gubernatorial candidate Chris King who is proposing a tax on guns and bullets.
King calls for sales taxes on bullets, firearms to pay for gun safety https://t.co/kdPWSpSxAY
— POLITICO Florida (@politicofl) June 1, 2018
As Politico reports, he is the only person running for the governorship who has offered such a proposal.
His plan, per the report, would impose a new “safety fee” on firearm and bullet purchases and would reallocate existing taxes to fund “violence prevention and treatment programs.”
Some people who responded to the Politico story said it sounds reminiscent of King George taxing the original colonies:
That’s how he got the Declaration of Independence. https://t.co/6WgF6TFzJm
— James Taranto (@jamestaranto) June 1, 2018
— Charlton (@charlton_ar) June 1, 2018
Hmmm I wonder why they don’t.
— Let’sShrug (@LShrug) June 1, 2018
Sometimes the jokes almost write themselves.
— Alfred Taylor (@aetaylor55) June 1, 2018
Here’s more on the proposal:
King’s proposal — which comes on the heels of his new television ad campaign calling for an assault weapons ban — would establish the “Every Kid Fund” to pay for gun-violence studies and prevention as well as to reimburse trauma centers for medical costs incurred in treating victims of mass shootings.
That trauma-care reimbursement proposal was briefly part of the just-passed Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Safety Act, FL SB7026 (18R), as the Florida Senate debated the bill following the Feb. 14 massacre in Parkland that killed 17 and left 17 wounded. But Republican leaders stripped out the reimbursement language, which was opposed by the National Rifle Association because it funded the effort by sweeping money from the gun lobby’s zealously protected trust fund used to regulate concealed weapons permits.
King calls his plan “innovative” and “progressive” and said it would help bring about a shooting-free state.
“We should be investing in new and innovative ways to keep Floridians safe and that’s why I’ll bring my bold, progressive policy to Tallahassee and send ‘proud NRA sellouts’ like Adam Putnam packing,” King said, per the report. He also said he’s “proposing the ‘Every Kid Fund’ for Gun Violence Prevention because every child deserves to grow up in a state free from the scourge of gun violence, whether it’s everyday gun violence or mass shootings.”
The “gun safety” they’ll use the tax money for is abolishment of 2A.
— Obama Spygate (@JimjamFr) June 1, 2018
This will just drive people to make their own bullets.
— John in SC 🌙🌴 (@johninsc1) June 1, 2018
According to the report, all four major Democratic candidates for governor, including current front-runner Philip Levine, has explicitly called for the banning of assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.
Since the heartless killing of seventeen people on the February 14 shooting, lawmakers have passed two pieces of legislation limiting gun ownership.
The two chambers of the state legislature, in which Republican have majorities, approved legislation which added a three-day waiting period to firearm purchases. They also approved raising the age limit to purchase any firearm to 21-years (federal law allows an individual to purchase a shotgun and other firearms once they turn 18-years-old). Both measures were signed into law by Republican Governor Rick Scott.
According to the report, Republican lawmakers have repeatedly voted against Democratic efforts to outlaw assault weapons.
Here’s even more on King’s plan:
Under King’s plan, the new trust fund he wants to establish would be filled with revenue from three sources: the 6-percent sales taxes on gun and ammunition; an additional 6-percent bullet tax; and revenues saved by criminal justice reforms that King proposed in his “Turning the Tide” criminal justice plan. It’s unclear how much money they proposals would raise or how many guns and bullets are sold in Florida.