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Judge Upholds Seattle's Gun and Ammunition Tax

December 23, 2015  | 

Seattle's new tax on gun and ammunition sales can take effect on Jan. 1, a judge ruled Tuesday, siding with the city against the National Rifle Association, reports the Seattle Times.

King County Superior Court Judge Palmer Robinson dismissed the NRA's lawsuit seeking to block the tax, which it filed in August along with other firearms groups.

Seattle City Council President Tim Burgess, who sponsored the city's ordinance establishing the tax of $25 per gun and 2 or 5 cents per round of ammunition, commented after the decision.

"Then NRA and its allies always oppose these common-sense steps to shine light on the gun-violence epidemic," Burgess said.

The NRA vowed to appeal.

"It's unfortunate the court chose to ignore the law and embrace the Seattle City Council's anti-gun agenda," spokesman Lars Dalseide said in a statement.

Burgess has said Seattle's tax is expected to raise thousands of dollars annually. Critics of the ordinance have questioned that, saying the tax won't raise much at all if it drives the city's few remaining gun stores out of town.

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tedb @ 12/24/2015 11:28 AM

Great news for gun shops in Pierce, Snohomish, and other surrounding counties and cities. Seattle, Portland and San Francisco are the cesspools of the west, with the effluent floating to the top. I'll bet that the little gay kid who trolls this site, Percy, lives in or near one of those cities.

kevCopAz @ 12/24/2015 12:28 PM

In an article on Drudge it said that Washington has a state state law that does not allow local jurisdictions to make laws regarding firearms that are different from the state law, if this is true then this judge is an idiot and this will be reversed since it does restrain the ownership of firearms to an extent. If this is legal why can't a local entity tax abortions, or any other "right" we have?

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