Gun Rights Groups Team Up to Sue Seattle

Gun Rights Groups Team Up to Sue Seattle

Gun Rights Groups Team Up to Sue Seattle

America’s three largest gun rights groups have joined together as plaintiffs in a suit against Seattle’s new gun tax.

The National Rifle Association, the Second Amendment Foundation, and the National Shooting Sports Foundation all believe that Seattle’s $25 tax on the sale of every firearm and two to five cent tax on the sale of every round of ammunition within city limits is both unconstitutional and in violation of Washington state law.

“The Seattle City Council is breaking the law, plain and simple,” said Lars Dalseide, a spokesman for the NRA. “The power to regulate firearms rests in the state legislature and not in the individual municipalities. The courts said as much when Seattle tried to institute a ban a few years ago.”

The city said the tax, which passed on Aug. 10 and will go into effect on Jan. 1, was designed to offset the cost of gun violence and not to restrict gun rights. “We’re not attempting to control whether someone can purchase a weapon,” Tim Burgess, the president of Seattle’s city council, told CNN. “We are taxing a commodity.”

Burgess did not respond to a request for comment from the Washington Free Beacon.

The city council expects the tax to generate between $300,000 and $500,000 in revenue, but gun groups have disputed that number since, they argue, many gun buyers will simply make their purchases outside city limits. The potential added cost of selling and buying firearms in the city is one of the reasons why Outdoor Emporium and Precise Shooter, two Seattle gun shops, in addition to two local gun owners, are involved in the lawsuit.


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