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Gun Stores Pushing Back Against Outrageous Gun And Ammo Tax In Seattle

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Gun Stores Pushing Back Against Outrageous Gun And Ammo Tax In Seattle

Courtesy of FOX

Courtesy of FOX

FOXOn January 1 Seattle began imposing a $25 tax on every gun and a 5-cent tax on every round sold within city limits. The stated objective was to raise up to $500,000 per year to fund programs to prevent gun violence. But Coombs claims the real effect is to kill his business, and a gun rights legal foundation is battling the city for figures it believes will show the law was never about taking in revenue.

“What they’re trying to do is get gun stores out of the city,” said Coombs, 48, whose Outdoor Emporium store operates in the shadow of Safeco Field and boasts of having “the largest selection of outdoor related products at affordable everyday warehouse pricing.”

Longtime customers have told Coombs they simply go outside the city now to buy firearms and ammunition rather than pay the tax, which he blames for the layoffs of two workers so far this year. Precise Shooter, a smaller gun shop in Seattle, moved 16 miles outside of the city to Lynnwood on the day the tax took effect.

This is not a tax, but a direct regulation on guns and ammo sales with the intention of removing retailers from the city. Pay attention, this could be coming to your city soon.

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