Mayoral candidate Brett Smiley wants 10% supplemental sales tax on guns

By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Providence mayoral candidate Brett Smiley on Thursday called for a 10% supplemental sales tax on all gun and ammunition purchases to create a funding stream for anti-violence programs in Rhode Island’s urban communities.

The sales tax pitch was part of the Democrat’s eight-page public safety plan to make Providence “the safest city of its size in the country,” a goal he said he could achieve by growing the police force, reducing gang and domestic violence, and expanding treatment services for addicts and offenders.

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