FL Rep Introduces Bill to Redirect Gun Taxes Into Trust Fund for School Safety

Gregory Gwyn-Williams, Jr.
By Gregory Gwyn-Williams, Jr. | January 23, 2013 | 11:18 AM EST

Florida Rep. Linda Stewart (D-Orlando) has introduced two bills that would funnel revenue from existing taxes on guns and ammo into a trust fund to pay for school safety measures.

The bills, HB 325 and 327, "Provides that state sales and use taxes collected on firearms & ammunition shall be allocated to Safe Schools Trust Fund."

The money collected from taxes on guns and ammo would pay for expenses related to proposed change toughening the law prohibiting guns on school grounds and "additional projects and programs to improve the safety of students while they are within school safety zones."

The Miami Herald reports that Rep. Stewart's proposal is likely the first bill introduced to increase spending on school safety in the wake of the December school shootings in Newtown, Conn.

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