The power to tax is the power to destroy is an abridged quote from the great orator, lawyer, and politician Daniel Webster. Illinois politicians know this all too well and now are seeking to add a 5% tax to club membership dues. So if your local rifle and pistol club charges you $200 a year in dues, your actual cost will now be $210 with that extra $10 going to the State of Illinois.
Illinois Carry has issued an alert on SB009 which, due to an amendment, would impose this very tax. Senate Amendment 2 specifically includes gun clubs, hunting clubs, and fishing clubs by name as “amusements”. I know that the Prairie State’s finances are none too solid but I think a tax on the right of association as it were is going too far.
From Illinois Carry:
Action – Oppose SB009 Revenue Various(Tax on gun
clubs, ranges, and hunting clubs)Contact
Your State Senators This Week!In our first Call to Action of the
newly seated 100th General Assembly, we bring to your attention SB009
started as a simple question of creating new taxes, a question too easily
answered “yes” in this state. It is now more than that.
Much more.Senate Amendment 2 seeks to impose 5%
membership and service taxes:> In addition to the amusement
tax on ranges already imposed by several municipalities
> In addition to the Cook County tax on firearms and ammunition
> In addition to the proposed fees covering the cost of serializing
ammunition under HB271
> In addition to the already costly training and license fees required to
carry a concealed firearm in Illinois
> In addition to the cost of hunting licenses
> In addition to current local, state and federal sales taxes on products
associated with membership and use of hunting and gun clubs, training, and
competition.These new taxes were
not, of course, presented in a forthright way that would foster open debate.
Instead, they were hidden in amendments to SB009 among a plethora of
other taxes, filed quickly and quietly on a bill positioned to move through the
Senate at a moment’s notice.We must recognize that
the more the state taxes our ability to train, compete, and hunt the more it
discourages the very practices that foster safe firearm ownership. The
more it encourages people to purchase products and services elsewhere.The truth will be SB009’s greatest obstacle.
Spread some truth, and spread our rights.Beginning Monday, 1/30/2017, please
contact your State Senators in their district offices. Politely explain that
SB009 is no longer as it seems. Let them know that while we can debate the
wisdom of burdening Illinois with additional taxes one thing is not debatable.
The State does not have proper authority to tax our Second Amendment rights.
Contact information for your State Senator can be found here.