Illinois: Cook County Board President Announces Intention to Pass Ammunition Taxes

Illinois State Rifle Association
Illinois State Rifle Association

Chatsworth, IL -( Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle officially announced today her intention to pass the county’s first round of ammunition taxes during this Friday’s county board meeting.

This initial tax will slap a penny a round on rimfire ammo and a nickel a round on centerfire ammo. According to Preckwinkle, the tax is being levied on gun owners in order to “…improve public safety.” As a gun owner, you know what a joke that is.

This week’s tax on ammo will kick off what is certain to be a string of taxes on guns and ammo designed to suppress your right to keep and bear arms. The intent of this tax and those to follow is to make shooting too expensive for the average citizen.

Although there is probably little you can do to stop the Cook County Board from passing the tax, there sure is plenty you can do to let the county board know that you are displeased.


1) Call each of the following numbers beginning tomorrow and continue to call them throughout the week as many times a day as you can and deliver this simple message to whomever answers the phone, “NO AMMO TAX”:

a) Cook County Switchboard (312) 603-5542
b) Cook County Board Switchboard (312) 443-5500
c) Commissioner Richard Boykin, Phone: (312) 603-4566 AND
Phone: (312) 603-4566
d) Commissioner Robert Steele, Phone: (312) 603-3019 AND
Phone: (773) 722-0140
e) Commissioner Stanley Moore, Phone: (312) 603-2065 AND
Phone: (773)783-2412
f) Commissioner Deborah Sims, Phone: (312) 603 6381 AND
Phone: (312) 603 6381
g) Commissioner Joan Murphy, Phone: (312) 603-4216 AND
Phone: (708) 389-2125
h) Commissioner Jesus Garcia, Phone: (312) 603-5443 AND
Phone: (312) 603-5443
i) Commissioner Luis Arroyo, Phone: (312) 603-6386 AND
Phone: (773) 417-4454
j) Commissioner Bridget Gainer, Phone: (312) 603-4210 AND
Phone: (773) 561-1010
k) Commissioner John Daley, Phone: (312) 603-4400 AND
Phone: (312) 603-4400
l) Commissioner John Fritchey, Phone: (312) 603-6380
m) Commissioner Larry Suffredin, Phone: (312)603-6383 AND
Phone: (312)603-6383
n) Commissioner Gregg Goslin, Phone: (312) 603-4932 AND
Phone: (847) 729-9300
o) Commissioner Timothy Schneider, Phone: (312) 603-6388 AND
Phone: (847) 640-1632
p) Commissioner Jeffrey Tobolksi, Phone: (312) 603-6384 AND
Phone: (708) 352-2301
q) Commissioner Sean Morrison, Phone: (312) 603-4215 AND
Phone: (708) 349-1336

2) Pass this alert on to all your family members and friends and tell them to call the numbers above every day through Friday

3) Post this alert to any and all Internet bulletin boards or blogs to which you belong. Be sure to post this alert on to all Social Media to which you belong.


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Cabelas is in cook county, sorry guys, won’t be purchasing my Ammo there after the 1st. Need to see if Bass Pro in Bolingbrook is in Cook county or not


Maybe they should also institute a $2,000 per elected official tax paid by those officials that would be used for unspecified anti-corruption programs!


The hard-left Marxist and Islamists who infect our federal government plus the MSM media prostitutes who protect them will gleefully lie, falsify, fabricate, slander, libel, deceive, delude, bribe, and treasonably betray the free citizens of the United States.. Second Amendment foes lying about gun control – The Second Amendment has nothing to do with hunting. The Second Amendment has nothing to do with personal self-defense.Firearms are our constitutionally mandated safeguard against tyranny by a powerful federal government. Only dictators, tyrants, despots, totalitarians, and those who want to control and ultimately to enslave you support gun control. No matter what any… Read more »

Jim Dorris

Great Idea! I sure hope they get the message. From a former Illinois resident.

Jim Dunder

The Pittman-Robertson Act of 1937 already imposes an 11% federal excise tax on all firearms and ammunition. Most states have a 5-7 1/2% sales tax on consumer products.. Does anyone need more tax, except to kill the 2nd Amendment rights of law abiding citizens?


A tax on ammunition can only improve public safety in two ways:
1. If the revenues it raises are used to improve public safety in some way. I have yet to hear what they’re going to do with this money, but it’s Illinois, so it won’t be efficient or effective.
2. If the tax hinders people from doing something that hurts public health. If law-abiding gun owners buy less ammo, at least in this county, how does that reduce the number and violence of routine street thug shootings in Chicago?

It’s just another liberal politician scam to hurt gun owners.

jack burton

IIRC back about 20 years ago either the state of Illinois or a county inside tried to pass a “tax” on entry into any strip club. The money was going to be used for funding for “battered women shelters.”

The courts struck it down because there was absolutely no nexus between “strip clubs” and “battered women.” The government could not tax one legal activity to pay for the results of an illegal activity which had no connection with the legal activity.

Seems as if this would be the “go to” case for stopping Cook County’s actions.


I warned everybody when they did this to cigarettes and liquor. I said that when you allow politicians to tax specific items over and above other items (unfair taxation) that they would not stop there if you did nothing. You did nothing. Now they have set their sights on ammo. Stand up sheeple, they are going to take away your rights through the back door, as most cowards do.


If you purchase outside the county you starve the local business which is exactly what these people want. A better tact might be to see if the locality allows recalls and if it does, would be feasible to collect signatures for a recall election. Of course you’d need other issues where they had screwed the tax payer as well. I’m not familiar with the area so I don’t know how many gun shops this would affect. If there are no shops in the area then I’d say either go out of the area or order by Internet and have it… Read more »


What is there to stop the people from buying in another county?
Instead of more taxes to “IMPROVE” Public Safety, just keep the criminals off the street.
That in it self would improve Public Safety.


Isn’t ‘preckwinkle’ a type of cancerous growth?