Seattle City Council candidates Jon Grant and Teresa Mosqueda think the city’s tax on guns and ammunition is too low. Currently, law-abiding gun owners are forced to fork out $25 for any gun purchased and 5¢ per round of ammunition. The tax took effect on Jan. 1, 2016, and by all accounts has been a failure. As Fox News noted back in June, firearm sales have plummeted and violence has spiked following passage of the measure.
Additionally, in its first year, the tax raised far short of its $500,000 goal. MyNorthwest reports that it brought in just over $100,000 in 2016. But those figures haven’t deterred Grant, who would like to see the tax doubled to $50 per gun and 10¢ per round of ammo—pricing out even more residents from exercising their constitutional rights. KUOW says that Mosqueda is also happy to look at doubling the tax.
These politicians doubling down on the tax would ultimately amount to wiping out most all of the tax revenue, however. Outdoor Emporium contributed nearly 80 percent of the revenue for 2016, and KUOW reports that the business is prepared to move should the tax double. Either way, it’s a lose-lose for Seattle.