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Tax on Guns and Ammo Would Pay for Florida’s “Safe Schools Trust Fund”

| January 23, 2013

For children's sake, of course. (Johan Viirok)

For children’s sake, of course. (Johan Viirok)

Tax collected on the sale of ammunition and guns would go into a “Safe Schools Trust Fund,” to pay for additional guidance services and school safety measures under legislation filed in the House.

Freshman Rep. Linda Stewart, D-Orlando, filed two bills on Friday creating the trust fund and directing revenue from the existing tax on guns and ammo into it.

One of the bills filed by Stewart (HB 325), would also expand the ban on carrying guns at schools – widening the prohibition from school buildings to an area within 500 feet of a school – but would allow people to check their guns, exempting them from prosecution if they turn their gun in to someone when they arrive at a school.

While prohibiting the carrying of guns within the 500-foot buffers known as “school safety zones,” Stewart’s bill would allow anyone who is in such a zone to surrender their gun to a law enforcement officer or school official and not be charged under the ban, as long as they haven’t used the gun to violate the law in some way first.

The legislation also would require school districts to add school safety issues to their guidance plans for students in kindergarten through grade 5.

The money collected from the tax on guns and ammo sales would go to help pay for the additional guidance requirements and to pay for any expenses related to the change in the law prohibiting guns on school grounds.

If any money is left over, under one of Stewart’s bills (HB 327) it could go to “additional projects and programs to improve the safety of students,” though the bill doesn’t specify how.

Stewart’s proposal is likely to be only the first proposing to increase spending on school safety in the wake of the December school shootings in Newtown, Conn. The Senate last week discussed in committee some ideas for increasing school safety and how to pay for it.

The Senate appears likely to focus on school resource officers, police assigned to guard schools. But there was also talk of additional guidance counselors last week in the Senate Education Appropriations Subcommittee.

–David Royse, News Service of Florida

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24 Responses for “Tax on Guns and Ammo Would Pay for Florida’s “Safe Schools Trust Fund””

  1. says:

    its amazing how a lot of people are avoiding an increase in mental health funding, my wife was a psychiatric nurse for several years and what she observed was that lets keep them drugged up all day, its cheaper


  2. Nancy N. says:

    Ok, let’s try this again….all of you people ranting about how we can’t tax guns and ammo, please read the article’s wording. THIS IS NOT A NEW TAX being proposed! The tax already exists!

    “Freshman Rep. Linda Stewart, D-Orlando, filed two bills on Friday creating the trust fund and directing revenue from the existing tax on guns and ammo into it.”

    Please note the use of the word “existing” in this sentence! This bill is not creating a new tax on guns or ammo! It’s simply redirecting the revenue from a tax that is already in effect to a newly created trust fund for school purposes.

    Which is why I want to know who is getting that tax money now? Who will be losing out? The money is going somewhere right now…


  3. Bertram says:

    meanwhile gun and ammo dealers & manufacturers are laughing their way to the bank all from some idiots paranoia of the gubmint taking away their gunz.


  4. Karma says:

    Last summer the federal government put out bids for the purchase of millions of rounds of ammunition. This ammunition was not for the military, but for the IRS,Homeland Security and the Treasury Dept. Maybe it is time for these same ammunition manufactures to refuse sale of there product to the US government.
    The government does not pay any taxes on this ammunition, but you should? Again, your hypocrite government at work and low information voter right in step with them.


  5. ANONYMOUSAY says:

    @ b moisao says:
    January 23, 2013 at 3:57 pm
    Why not let law abiding citizens carry guns on school property if they have CWL!

    How about WRONG, That’s the problem concealed gun owners think their the new law enforcement. It’s supposed-ed law abiding citizens responsible for these mass shootings. People just like you.


  6. Mel Bronson says:

    Another socialist leftist comes up with the idea of TAXING!!!

    Is there a genetic defect in the liberal peanut brain? Their answer to everything is MORE TAXES, MORE RESTRICTIONS, MORE LAWS, LESS FREEDOM and LESS LIBERTY.

    All you liberals are truly working to destroy America and everything she stands for.


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