Gun shop owners believe the tax — $25 for each firearm and between 2 to 5 cents for each round of ammo — will hurt their businesses.
“The only real purpose of this legislation is to run gun stores out of Seattle,” Sergey Solyanik, owner of Price Shooter, told KOMO.
John Curley with KIRO radio’s Tom and Curley show agreed, writing in an opinion piece:
They think they are going to raise $600,000. That’s called a static analysis. What you are assuming is that a tax will not have an effect on the exchange of goods and services.
But it will have an effect because people will move out and buy their guns somewhere else.
Then they are going to take that money and educate people. They are going to create an education program so that we have fewer shootings.
Here’s the education program: If you point a gun at someone and you pull the trigger, there is a pretty good chance the bullet coming out of the gun will hit them. And if you’re angry and you pick up a gun and you shoot someone, you are going to go to jail and that person is going to go to the hospital and they’re going to die.
As for the mandatory reporting of lost or stolen firearms, Burgess said this information will aid the police in investigations.