PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A 10 percent tax on the sale of firearms and ammunition has been proposed in Rhode Island's General Assembly.
It was announced on Thursday and was originally pitched by Providence mayoral candidate Brett Smiley. He estimates the tax would raise $2 million a year.
Revenue from the tax would go to community organizations that work to reduce gun violence.
Sen. Gayle Goldin is the bill's sponsor in the Senate. The Providence Democrat said Rhode Island's capital city had more than 100 shootings last year. She says that while gun violence is a major problem many organizations that work to prevent violence are underfunded.
Rep. Maria Cimini, a Providence Democrat, is the bill's House sponsor.
Gun rights advocates oppose the measure.
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