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Excise tax proposed to boost funding for Maryland’s trauma system

February 6, 2024
Glock 45 pistol.

Long-promised legislation on a proposed excise tax on guns and ammunition to fund Maryland’s trauma system was filed late last week. According to Senate Bill 784, sponsored by Sen. Sarah K. Elfreth (D-Anne Arundel), an 11% excise tax would be imposed on the gross receipts of firearms, firearms accessories and ammunition. The state’s Trauma Physicians Services Fund, which helps cover costs for medical care by trauma physicians, for Medicaid-enrolled patients and for other trauma related on-call and standby expenses, currently generates $12 million annually primarily through a motor vehicle registration fee. Maryland currently has 10 facilities that are designated as trauma care centers across the state.

 

Article Source: Maryland Matters

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