Taxing Ballots and Bullets

In Chicago criminals can bear arms as well as dead people can vote.

IN McDONALD v. CHICAGO THE SUPREME COURT REAFFIRMED THAT HANDGUN OWNERSHIP IS A CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT.

Chicago’s angry response to McDonald is an ordinance requiring that all handguns be registered and imposing a $115.00 tax and fee scheme on every admitted handgun owner. This raises the question of whether a city can ban handguns by prohibitorally taxing the exercise of the constitutional right (to own a handgun). That is what a poll tax is.

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