Seattle’s new tax on the Second Amendment—$25 on every firearm and 5 cents on every round of ammunition sold in the city—is intended not to raise money for “gun violence prevention” as its proponents claim, but to drive firearms and ammunition dealers either out of business or out of the city, critics say.
Sergey Solyanik, who owns Precise Shooter, told MyNorthwest.com that he fought the new gun tax until it went into effect—on Jan. 1 of this year—but then moved his business out of Seattle. As a result, Solyanik said, Seattle will lose the $50,000 that his store paid in city sales taxes per year—and will not make a cent from its new gun and ammunition taxes from his business, either.
Pro-gun groups have sued Seattle, arguing that its punitive taxes violate Washington state’s firearms pre-emption law, but so far they have been unsuccessful.
NJ Lawmaker Who Killed The Market For Smart Guns Wants Credit For Creating It
New Jersey Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg authored the 2002 bill mandating all handguns sold in the state include “smart gun” technology three years after such guns are offered for sale. Her bill had the effect of driving gun makers and sellers away for fear of such mandates.
However, the Democrat lawmaker recently claimed credit for creating a market for smart guns at a White House summit on gun violence, saying, “We were there before people were using the term. The original law was passed to help create the market.”
Today, there are no smart guns for sale anywhere in the United States, largely because of Weinberg’s bill. She blamed NRA, however, saying, “‘Star Wars’ is here. There is no reason we can’t see this move forward, assuming the gun lobby gets out of the way.” But she can’t use the Farce to hide the fact that she’s the one who’s in the way.
Biden Concedes The Inevitable: Gun Control A Failure
“We’re probably not going to get much more done in the next nine months,” admitted Vice President Joe Biden about gun control. Speaking at a forum convened by the White House to share the Obama administration’s strategy on “gun violence” prevention, Biden urged state and local officials Tuesday, “Don’t quit on this.”
As talk turned toward “smart guns,” Biden praised the technology and condemned those opposed. “It’s amazing the pressure that’s being brought by the NRA and others not to allow this technology to go forward,” he complained. “We should not be cowed.”
Of course, that’s untrue. The vice president was also forced to admit, however begrudgingly, that “there is a Second Amendment” and it “must be upheld.” Naturally, he prefaced those remarks with a “whether you like it or not” qualifier that tells us exactly what side of the fence he stands on … the side opposite of “we the people.”
NRA Annual Meetings A Financial Boon To Louisville
While the freedom-hating local media engaged in much hand-wringing over the 145th NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits, held at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville this past weekend, it was quickly drowned out by the ringing of cash registers. According to the Greater Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau, the 80,450 attendees at this year’s Meetings generated a staggering $53 million in additional revenue.
This is more than 10 times the estimated $4.8 million economic impact the Meetings generated the last time they came to Louisville in 2008. While the 2016 meetings had roughly double the number of exhibitors from the 2008 meetings (over 800, versus the roughly 400 at the 137th Meetings), this wasn’t the primary financial driver—according to the Bureau, most of the revenue went to hotels, restaurants and local attractions.
While the gun-hating “mainstream” media claim they just want what’s best for Louisville, how can they argue with the benefit to local businesses—many of whom may be their advertisers?
Texas Open Carry Causes No Concern For Law Enforcement
Anti-gun activists diligently fought open carry in the Lone Star State, trotting out their same tired doomsday arguments of “Wild West” scenarios and “blood running in the street.” Now, six months after Texas’ open carry law took effect, law enforcement officials are saying the new law hasn’t even resulted in complaints from the public.
Asked by KVUE Radio if there have been lots of complaints about open carriers, Roger Wade, spokesperson for the Travis County Sheriff’s Office, said: “As it turned out, we didn’t get any. People were scared of people walking up carrying guns. What they don’t realize is, is that there are a lot of people carry guns, you have no idea are carrying guns.”
Not to let an opportunity for a stealth anti-gun comment go to waste in an otherwise completely pro-gun article, however, KVUE managed to get a dig at gun owners into its headline for the story, suggesting problems are still on the horizon. “Law Enforcement: no open carry complaints (so far),” the headline read.
Armed Houston Man Fights Off Invaders
A Houston man is injured but thankfully still alive after using his firearm to fight off a home invasion suspect early Wednesday morning.
According to local media, the victim and his two roommates were at their apartment when the suspect forced his way inside as one of the residents was arriving home and unlocking the door. As the suspect held the men at gunpoint and tried to rob them, one of the residents grabbed his own gun and exchanged shots with the invader.
The suspect fled the scene, and police are unsure whether he was injured in the exchange. The wounded resident was taken to a nearby hospital, and his condition has not been released.