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Backwards in Seattle: City Council Imposes New Gun and Ammunition Tax, Exposing City to Lawsuits: ‘The only real purpose of this legislation is to run gun stores out of the city. I know it, you know it, the courts will know it”

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The Gun tax is designed to raise money for gun violence research and prevention programs drive gun stores out of business.

The Second Amendment Foundation says the city’s new law goes against the state’s preemption law which prevents any city or municipality from implementing stricter gun laws than the state.

SEATTLE –  reports: Seattle city council members unanimously passed a new gun and
0ammunition tax Monday afternoon.

“About a third of homes in Seattle have guns in them and our goal is that every one of those guns are safety stored.”

— Margaret Heldring with GAGV

That means more than 20 licensed gun dealers operating within city limits are facing hefty taxes starting January.

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“Switzerland has a fully automatic weapon in every household yet violent crime rates are very low. The real problem in violent crime is economic disparity.”

— Gun shop owner Sergey Solyanik

City leaders say they hope to raise $300,000 to $500,000 a year through the new gun tax. But gun shop owners are now threatening to sue the city.

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“Gandmothers Against Gun Violence marched to the steps of city hall on Monday in support of taxing guns and ammunition. They believe a $25 tax on each gun sold and up to a 5 cent tax on a round of ammunition will ‘help deter gun violence’.”

“Guns are out of control in this country,” Terri Hollinsworth with Grandmothers Against Gun Violence said.

The group says gun violence is an epidemic.

“Gun tax is designed to raise money for gun violence research and prevention programs.”

— Council member Tim Burgess

“About a third of homes in Seattle have guns in them and our goal is that every one of those guns are safety stored,” Margaret Heldring with GAGV said.

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“No way the city will be making any money on this bill in fact they will be losing money.”

— Sergey Solyanik

Gandmothers Against Gun Violence marched to the steps of city hall on Monday in support of taxing guns and ammunition. They believe a $25 tax on each gun sold and up to a 5 cent tax on a round of ammunition will help deter gun violence.

“Gun tax is designed to raise money for gun violence research and prevention programs,” Council member Tim Burgess said.

But opponents of the measure took center stage in front of council members calling the measure unfair and ineffective.

“I am appalled that you are enacting an illegal tax that forces law abiding citizens to pay for the impact of violence committed by criminals,” one opponent said. Read the rest of this entry »

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Victory: Reversal of Seattle Mayor’s Improper Anti-Gun Policy Restores Library Safety

Second Amendment Foundation Applauds Seattle Library Gun Policy

Emily-Gets-Her-Gun-But-Obama-Wants-to-Take-YoursBELLEVUE, WA –(Ammoland.com)- The Second Amendment Foundation today applauded the overdue policy change at Seattle’s public libraries regarding the legal carry of firearms by law-abiding citizens in library facilities.

In recognition of this policy change, reported by Seattle Times columnist Danny Westneat, SAF is donating an autographed copy of Washington Times Senior Opinion Editor Emily Miller’s new book, Emily Gets Her Gun But Obama Wants to Take Yours, to the library. The book details Miller’s efforts to legally purchase a handgun for personal protection in the District of Columbia, which has one of the most cumbersome handgun laws in the country.

“If there is any place in the country where that book should be available to urban readers, it might be the Jet City,”said SAF’s Dave Workman, senior editor for TheGunMag.com, a print and on-line publication owned by the Bellevue-based national organization. He also writes a column on firearms issues for Examiner.com.

“We’re delighted that the Seattle public library appears to be finally recognizing that it must comply with the right to carry,” said SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan Gottlieb. “We hope that the library makes good use of Emily’s eye-opening book, and makes it available to library patrons so they can learn just what happens when bureaucracies create regulatory nightmare schemes to discourage people from exercising their constitutionally-protected civil rights.”

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