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Could additional taxes on guns, ammunition help prevent gun violence?

Do you think an additional tax added to guns and ammunition would help prevent gun violence? Three Harvard professors do.

The approach could mean a "substantial" tax on guns and ammunition.

Right now, there is a 12 percent federal tax on any sporting good equipment like gun ammunition. Also, a 7.5 percent  sales tax.

Three experts from Harvard would like to add an additional tax to help target gun crime violence.

The owner of the Buck and Bass Sporting Goods says keeping certain ammunition and firearms on the shelves has been a task.

He disagrees with the additional tax, saying it would only burden the consumer.

"You don't go after and penalize all of the innocent people just because of a few offenders," said Rick Bankston.

Harold Milstead is a gun enthusiast and doesn't want to see an additional tax added on guns or ammunition.
"People that are committing crimes aren't coming in the store and buying ammo they get their ammo through other means. They get it off the black market, it's stolen out of houses and shipped in from other states. It's just going to tax the innocent people," said Milstead.

Others say they are on the fence.
"Would this tax help? If that was the case and that was the only issue then yes. As a gun owner myself would I be willing to pay a penny on the bullet? As long as I knew it was going the right way, then yeah, without a doubt. That's just my way of doing what I need to do," said Charlie Miller.

The professors say a new national gun tax on all firearms and ammunition could help curb gun violence.

They say taxes on tobacco products used to fund anti-smoking campaigns has helped to reduce cigarette smoking in the US.

They believe the same theory could be used to help bring awareness to gun violence.

Other ideas from the Harvard professors include manufacturing "Smart Guns", Guns that come equipped with safety lock devices to help prevent gun related deaths.