Mayoral Candidate Proposes Steep Bullet Tax

A Baltimore Mayoral candidate’s plan to reduce crime in the city includes a tax on bullets: $1 per bullet sold.

Baltimore boasts some of the worst crime statistics in the country. An investment news website, 24/7 Wall St, ranked Baltimore as No. 8 on its 2011 list of the 10 most dangerous American cities, citing the fact that the Maryland city has the fourth-worst murder rate in the country. So it’s unsurprising that a Mayoral candidate would propose a tough plan to combat the city’s crime rates.

However, Democrat Otis Rolley’s plan includes an unusual proposal: a tax on bullets.

“Otis Rolley said he would, if elected, propose a $1 per bullet tax on all bullet purchases in the city,” read an article on, the website for a local Baltimore news station. “Rolley said the measure would cause a decrease in ‘random firings that too often happen around holidays’ and put a high price tag on the cost of committing a crime.”

“Increasing the cost of guns won’t work because many criminals don’t purchase new guns and they can be borrowed or even rented in some areas. Therefore, as Mayor, Otis will move to impose a $1 per bullet tax (or about $50 per pack),” the plan reads. “That will increase substantially the financial cost of committing a crime and, unlike guns, bullets cannot be shared after their initial use.”

The plan also proposes the establishment of a Public Safety Cabinet, increasing employment for ex-offenders and improving training and pay for the Baltimore Police Department

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