On August 10, 2015, in a truly “head up our asses” moment, the Seattle City Council unanimously passed a $0.05 tax that will be applied to every individual bullet sold within Seattle City Limits. This is the same ordinance that placed a $25.00 tax on every firearm sold.
The tax was pushed by City Council president Tim Burgess, who argues the expense of caring for gunshot victims in 2014 merited a punitive tax forcing the gun industry to pay its “fair share”. But if that wasn’t bad enough, this new tax was passed despite Washington State’s preemption statute. As the Seattle Times explains:
The state’s pre-emption statute prohibits municipalities from regulating firearms, including their “registration, licensing, possession, purchase, sale, acquisition, transfer, discharge, and transportation … or any other element.” It also says they can enact “only those laws and ordinances relating to firearms that are specifically authorized by state law.”
Yet the City Council unanimously supported the measure by an 8-0 vote?
NBC 6 reports that opponents of the tax vow a swift legal response in light of the state’s preemption statute. And appropriately so. It’s time for our elected officials to start writing legislation aimed at disarming criminals and leaving the rest of us the hell alone.