‘Bullet Tax’ Proposed by Mayoral Candidate

Otis Rolley Running In September’s Primary


BALTIMORE — A mayoral candidate’s plan to reduce violence in Baltimore includes a “bullet tax” that he said will increase the cost of committing a crime.

Otis Rolley said he would, if elected, propose a $1 per bullet tax on all bullet purchases in the city. The idea was part of an overall crime plan he unveiled Tuesday.

Rolley also said, according to I-Team lead investigative reporter Jayne Miller, that he’s willing to touch what Miller called the third rail of Baltimore politics — the police budget.

“This is not a revenue enhancement tool,” Rolley said of the tax idea. “It’s a ‘make it difficult for you to buy bullets in the city’ tool.”

The bullet tax is part of Rolley’s public safety plan, which includes a change in how the city treats some drug use. He wants to make possession of small amounts of marijuana a summary offense. That would treat the offense more like public drunkenness than a drug crime, Miller reported.

The article continues, with video, at WBAL TV Baltimore

H/T S.R.

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