To the Editor:
Years ago, I proposed a hefty federal tax on ammunition, call it a user fee, with one exemption: ammo bought and used at licensed firing ranges. A related tax should be placed on magazines, the devices that hold rounds of ammunition to facilitate the speedy loading of multiple rounds. Magazines with a capacity of three rounds would carry a nominal tax, clips with capacities in excess of the three-round standard should carry a large annual fee, say $100 per round in excess of the standard minimum.
These taxes would be used to finance a fund to pay for the consequent costs incurred by the innocent victims of gun violence: hospital bills of wounded police officers, funeral expenses for innocent bystanders, college tuition for their children, etc. The tax rates should vary and be revised yearly, depending upon the incidence of gun crimes: a year with no gun crimes, no tax; a year with more gun crimes, the rate goes up.