The city of Seattle, Washington, passed a controversial “gun violence” tax on the sale of all firearms and ammunition in 2015. Critics argued that violent crime would increase, and gun dealers would either close up shop or move out of city limits.
Proponents of the law, which went into effect on January 1, 2016, argued that neither would happen and the law would generate from $300,000 to $500,000 on an annual basis, which, in 2016, was earmarked to “fund a study of gunshot victims, including medical and behavioral interventions.”
The critics were right.
As reported by The Seattle Times, gun shop owners began leaving the city after the law passed.
The last large gun dealer left in Seattle told Fox News Politics that storewide sales at his Outdoor Emporium are down 20 percent, while gun sales have declined 60%. “I’ve had to lay off employees because of this,” he said, “it’s hurting us, it’s hurting our employees.”
According to the Seattle Police Department, the number of gun shootings with injuries is up 54 percent and gun deaths have doubled during the first five months of 2017, as compared to the same period before the law went into effect.
As reported by TheGunMag.com, the law places a $25 tax on every firearm sold, and a five-cent tax on each centerfire cartridge, and two cents per rimfire cartridge.
Dave Workman, senior editor of GunMag, rhetorically asked “how much data do you need?”, adding “The data says the law has failed to prevent what they promised it would prevent.”
City officials wouldn’t reveal the amount of revenue generated by the law in 2016, saying only that it was “under $200,000.”
The Second Amendment Foundation filed a lawsuit against the city for failure to comply with Washington state’s Public Records Act.