The Fascist City of Seattle implemented a new tax on gun sales last year, and it should come as no surprise to anyone that the tax has FAILED miserably.
The city of Seattle spent more to defend a lawsuit against its gun tax than it gathered in revenue from the tax, a gun-rights group claimed on Friday.
Yes, you read that right. The city of Seattle spent more to defend a lawsuit against the tax, than they actually gathered with the tax.
Just in case you need a refresher on what tax we’re talking about, here’s a reminder from a couple of years ago:
A judge upheld Seattle’s so-called gun violence tax Tuesday, rejecting a challenge from the National Rifle Association and other gun rights groups…
The measure — one of only a few of its kind in the nation — adds $25 to the price of each firearm sold in the city, plus 2 or 5 cents per round of ammunition, depending on the type…
“The NRA and its allies always oppose these common sense steps to shine light on the gun violence epidemic,” said City Council President Tim Burgess, who sponsored the law. “Judge Robinson saw through the NRA’s distorted efforts to put gun industry profits ahead of public safety.”
Don’t be fooled here, folks. This is not a “gun violence” tax. Do you know of any criminals who legally purchase the weapons that they later use for crimes? Of course not. This is not a “gun violence” tax, this is a 2nd Amendment tax.
The tax earned the ire of 2nd Amendment supporters everywhere and local citizens sued the city for their attack on the Bill of Rights.
At the end of the day the city will have spent well over $100K to defend their tax, which made some locals wonder I the tax actually lost the city money. Here’s a hint: it did. When residents began asking the city council how much revenue the tax actually brought in, they were surprised that the city was refusing to tell them. Why would the city keep that secret? Well, because it was a massive failure. Now a judge is forcing the city to come clean and the truth is obvious.
“It was silly for Seattle to withhold this information, but we’re pretty certain why the city did it. The council was told that this tax could generate between $300,000 and a half-million dollars, but now it appears the city has collected just over $100,000, which is an embarrassing shortfall,” Alan Gottlieb of the Second Amendment Foundation said.
The tax, which works out to $25 per firearm and 2 or 5 cents per round of ammunition, has thus far generated no more than $108,013.04, according to court documents. During the discovery portion of the suit, Seattle’s lawyers revealed that a single gun seller accounted for more than 80 percent of the gun-tax revenue. Michael Coombs, co-owner of Outdoor Emporium, said in a separate court filing that he is that gun seller and his tax payments revealed the city’s highest possible revenue.
“When Seattle’s statements are compared with Outdoor Emporium’s $86,410.43 tax payment for 2016, it is mathematically certain that Outdoor Emporium is the retailer that has paid more than 80 percent of the firearm and ammunition tax,” Coombs said in the filing. “If Outdoor Emporium paid at least 80 percent of the total collected for the firearm and ammunition tax, then it is likely that Seattle did not collect more than $108,013.04 ($86,410.43 / .80 = $108.013.04). This is $200,000 to $400,000 less than Seattle claimed it would make from this tax.”
SAF said the legal costs and penalty that Seattle will be forced to pay in the case will amount to more than the revenue the tax brought in.
But it all gets even worse when you consider the negative impact that such a tax has on local businesses.
Gottlieb explains, “The city has essentially lost money on this scheme because now they have to pay our attorney fees, plus a small penalty. On top of that, the city has lost tax revenue because one major gun dealer has moved out of the city and another has reported considerable sales losses. That is tax money the city will never realize.”
Seattle deserves every bit of negative publicity and negative attention that it gets in the fallout from this embarrassing news.