The Seattle city council is considering a new gun and ammunition tax that would apply to all sales of guns and ammo within the Seattle city limits.
Under a new bill proposed by City Council President Tim Burgess, the city would enact a Seattle gun and ammunition tax for all firearms and ammunition sold within city limits.
If passed, the Seattle gun and ammunition tax would amount to $25 per gun and five cents on each round of ammunition sold within city limits.
According to Burgess, revenue raised by the gun and ammunition tax would fund programs against gun violence:
Gun violence is very expensive. It’s time for the gun industry to help defray those costs and this is a very reasonable way to do it.
If passed, there is a very good chance that the city of Seattle would be sued buy gun rights groups because of a potential conflict with the pre-emption statute that the state of Washington has on the books prohibiting municipalities from regulating firearms.
The city is claiming that the Seattle gun and ammunition tax would raise $300,000-500,000 annually.
However, there is also a strong possibility that all that this tax would do is encourage gun owners to purchase gun and ammunition from retailers outside of the city limits and raise very little money as a result.