NRA FURIOUS As Judge Rejects Case Against Seattle’s ‘Gun Violence Tax’

In another win against the NRA’s attempt to turn America into a 24/7 shooting gallery, a Washington state judge ruled that Seattle’s tax on guns and ammo is perfectly legal:

The Seattle City Council unanimously approved a “gun violence tax” on sellers of firearms and ammunition in August, directing proceeds toward violence prevention programs and research beginning in January 2016.

A companion measure requires gun owners to report cases of lost and stolen firearms to police.

On Tuesday, King County Superior Court Judge Palmer Robinson denied a request by gun rights groups for an injunction, saying the tax did not violate state law and was a “lawful exercise of Seattle’s taxing authority.”

The NRA hates this law for a few reasons: 1. It makes guns slightly more expensive and the gun industry will lose a few sales. The horror! 2. The money raised will be used for the one thing the gun industry hates more than Obama: Preventing gun violence. Remember, their entire business model relies on a lot of dead bodies to keep the public scared enough to buy more guns. And 3. Forcing gun owners to report “lost and stolen” guns means that gun stores will not be able to keep selling guns under the counter to people they know will not pass a background check.

This last one is a bigger deal than you might know. Gun dealers, emboldened by an ATF that’s been gutted by the NRA, “lose” tens of thousands (if not more) of guns a year. Those untraceable guns end up in the hands of criminals and no one is ever held accountable. Which, of course, was the entire point. Seattle’s law makes it much harder for shady dealers to make illegal sales and that will cut into criminal gun use. Again, the NRA and the gun industry need criminal gun use to increase sales, so it’s not hard to see why they consider Seattle’s new law to be a serious threat.

The NRA will no doubt try to force the issue all the way to the Supreme Court, but I’m not sure even the conservatives on the court will side with the gun industry against such a common sense law. Maybe.

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