Oh, you wouldn’t think it…what with their outlandish plans to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour [which will of course, ultimately put many of those workers out of a job].
No, this time the good City of Seattle is moving to pass a $25 tax per dealer-sold firearm, and a 2-5 cent tax on ever round of ammunition sold within city limits. Without fail, that price hike will be passed on to the consumer. So why does Seattle wish to burden the less fortunate, who wish to exercise their Constitutional rights?
The committee voted unanimously this morning to send the proposal to the full city council for consideration next Monday, according to the Seattle P-I.com. Monday’s vote could set the stage for a legal confrontation, and there were hints that existing gun shops could move out of the city, and that gun owners living in Seattle will simply shop outside the city, thus thwarting any dreams that this tax will generate $300,000 to $500,000 annually for the city’s gun control efforts.
Waiting in the legal tall grass are the Bellevue-based Second Amendment Foundation and Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms. They’ve already advised against the tax proposal, primarily on the grounds that it will violate the state’s 30-year-old model preemption law.
Never mind that this tax is illegal under RCW 9.41.290 – State preemption…..pesky laws are only for the plebs.
So Seattle would pass an illegal tax that hurts small business owners, hurts the ‘economically disadvantaged’, targets lawful purchases which are not anywhere over +/- 10% of the firearms used in crime….and will simply encourage consumers to make their ammunition purchases online and firearm purchases outside of the city limits.
Good job Seattle!