Seattle Nears Decision on “Gun Violence” Tax for Firearms, Ammo

by Daniel Xu |  |  published on August 6, 2015

The Seattle City Council will soon vote on a city ordinance that could add an additional tax on guns and ammunition, a move that is heavily opposed by both firearm retailers and gun owners. Some, like Sergey Solyanik, say the new tax will drive him out of town.

“I feel outraged, actually, and not really as gun owner or gun dealer, but as a citizen of Seattle,” Solyanik, the owner of Precise Shooter, told KIRO 7.

The proposal came from Seattle City Council President Tim Burgess, who ostensibly introduced the ordinance as the latest in the city’s efforts to combat crime. The city ordinance calls for an additional $25 tax on each firearm sold in the city as well as a five cent tax on each individual round of ammunition. For .22 ammunition, which is generally less expensive, the tax will be two cents per round.

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