Cook County officials suggest 'violence tax' - FOX 32 News Chicago

Cook County officials suggest 'violence tax'

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Some Cook County officials think a "violence" tax could help pay some bills, and make the streets safer.

They're considering a tax on guns and ammunition that are sold in the city and the suburbs.

The goal would be to send more money to the criminal justice system, and curb the amount of guns in circulation.

Homicides in Chicago are up 25 percent this year and the Cook County Jail is more than 90 percent full. Over 9,000 inmates are in there, and capacity maxes out at 10,155.

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