Breitbart: Gun Store Lay-Offs Follow Implementation of Seattle Gun and Bullet Tax
Posted on November 16, 2016
Using unreasonable taxes to infringe on civil rights is not a new concept. Can you say “Poll Tax”?
Breitbart News previously reported that the violence tax places a five-cent tax on every bullet sold within city limits and a $25 tax on every gun. The tax was pushed by City Council president Tim Burgess and passed by the Seattle City Council on August 10, 2015. Seattlepi reports that Mike Coombs, the owner of Sodo’s Outdoor Emporium, is now watching his business decline.
In addition to the $2 million loss in sales, Coombs has seen his “customer count” tumble by 32 percent during 2016. At the same time, Seattle residents are going outside city limits to buy the guns and ammunition they need.
When Burgess first introduced the tax, he claimed it would offset the expense of caring for gunshot victims. He pointed to healthcare costs in 2014 as a justification for forcing the gun industry to pay its fair share.
But Breitbart News was quick to point out that Burgess missed the point: He failed to consider the fact that the tax would not be paid by gun or ammo makers but by law-abiding citizens purchasing guns and ammo at retail outlets. Now gun store employees are losing their jobs.
Seattle refuses to release figures to show how much revenue the violence tax has garnered during the first 10 months of its existence, so Dave Workman and the Second Amendment Foundation have filed suit to force release of the information. Seattlepi has also filed a “public records request” regarding tax revenue, but has received no information to date.
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