Seattle’s new gun and ammunition tax—$25 for every firearm and 5¢ per round of ammunition sold in the city—appears to have driven both merchants and customers out of the city, but requests for public records showing how much tax has been collected as a result of the new law have been refused by the city, the Seattle Post Intelligencerreports.
The owner of Sodo’s Outdoor Emporium reported that he’d suffered a loss of $2 million in sales and been forced to lay off three employees. The owner of Precise Shooter has moved his business out of the city.
When the ordinance was passed, Seattle estimated that the tax would collect $300,000 to $500,000, but it appears that plummeting sales within the city, and the exodus of merchants out of the city, may cost Seattle much more than it gains—evidence, some say, that the law was passed not to raise money, but to depress firearm sales.
Donald Trump Forms “Second Amendment Coalition”
In his speech at this year’s NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said, “Hillary Clinton wants to abolish the Second Amendment … we’re not going to let that happen, I can tell you that right now. We’re going to nourish it; we’re going to take care of it.”
On Thursday, Trump took the next step in keeping that promise when he announced the formation of the Second Amendment Coalition, which will advise Trump and vice presidential nominee Mike Pence on Second Amendment issues during their time in the White House. The group is chaired by Donald Trump Jr., an avid hunter, outdoorsman and conservationist, along with Chris W. Cox, executive director of NRA-ILA. A group of 62 co-chairs, including congressmen, industry officials, accomplished hunters and activists will provide additional support and input.
“My father defends the Second Amendment so that [your family] can take care of themselves when someone much stronger, much meaner and much more vicious than them tries to break into their home,” Trump Jr. said. “It’s not just a hobby or something I do on the weekends. It’s a lifestyle, and as my father often says, ‘It’s about self-defense, plain and simple.’”
Trump Adviser: NRA Members Won’t Let Arizona “Flip” To Clinton
On CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360” early Friday morning, Jack Kingston, senior adviser for the Trump Campaign, told the panel that he isn’t worried—as some seem to be—that Arizona voters might flip and vote for Democrat Hillary Clinton for president.
Why? Largely because of the strong NRA presence there, and the fact that NRA members are well known to get out the pro-gun vote when the chips are down.
“I was talking to (former) Congressman John Shadegg yesterday, and he said, ‘Let me put it this way for Arizona, every third vehicle is a pick-up truck with an NRA bumper sticker on it,’” Kingston said. “We hear all the time from outsiders that Arizona is going to flip. But it’s not going to happen.”
Of course, the same can be said for the strong NRA presence in many, many states across the country. Let’s all do our part to make sure our state doesn’t fall into the Hillary category when the votes are counted next week.
EU Gun-Ban Advocate Suspected Of Illegal Arms Trafficking
Jean-Luc Stassen is managing director of the Belgian Proof House in Liege. The proof house is in charge of the destruction of firearms seized by the justice system. Stassen is also a gun-control advocate, having previously spoken out in favor of gun registries and magazine restrictions.
Last week, Stassen was arrested on charges of forgery and embezzlement. Additionally, evidence suggests that he was involved in illegal arms trafficking. More than 260 guns that were slated for destruction by Stassen’s Proof House were instead removed from the Belgian Central Firearms Registry and sold on the black market.
This type of hypocritical behavior from anti-gunners is nothing new, unfortunately. These elites work to exert more control over citizens while they play by a different set of rules. Ex-California State Sen. Leland Yee is the perfect example of this. The outspoken gun-control champion is currently spending time in prison for weapons trafficking.
Pizza Hut Employee Serves Up Justice, Shoots Robbery Suspect
A former employee of a Pizza Hut in North Carolina took a trip back to the restaurant last week. However, this time he had a gun in his hand and robbery on his mind. The reason it didn’t pan out: A current employee was carrying his own gun for self-protection.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg investigators are confirming that Michael Grace Jr., along with two accomplices, entered the restaurant around 1:30 a.m. on Sunday, after it was closed for the night. The three demanded money before one of the employees fired his own handgun, fatally striking Grace in the head. The other two suspects escaped and have not yet been apprehended.
Grace’s parents have admitted their son was breaking the law, but are upset a Pizza Hut employee shot him, rather than leaving it to law enforcement to bring him to justice. Even so, the pizza franchise released a statement saying, “the security of its staff is of utmost concern.”