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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  • Bob

    might as well say a 100%. you’re not going to win with that.

  • TexTopCat

    Yet one more anti-gun democrat that is for attempting to make the facts fit his progressive agenda. The only way to reduce violent crime is to have more good guys with guns. Just as the latest CO school shooter was stopped in seconds by a good guy with a gun, without even firing a shot.

  • BHirsh

    “If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.” – [Who said this?]

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