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Cook County begins to charge $25 gun tax

Published: Tuesday, April 2, 2013 5:30 a.m. CST

CHICAGO – Cook County is now charging a controversial $25 tax on every gun purchased in the county.

The tax, which took effect Monday, is expected to raise about $600,000 this year.

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle proposed the levy as part her $2.9 billion budget, saying it’d be a way to make up some of the costs of gun violence.

But the extra tax, which only applies to guns bought outside the city of Chicago, isn’t without controversy.

A group of Chicago-area gun shops and gun owners sued last month, saying the new tax violates the right to bear arms.

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