Unsurprisingly, the fascist leftists who serve on Washington state’s Supreme Court have ruled in favor of the city of Seattle and agreed that the city has every right to undermine the 2nd Amendment as long as they call their efforts a “tax.”
In an 8-1 decision , the justices affirmed a lower court ruling that the levy was valid because it fell within the city’s taxing authority and because its primary purpose was to raise revenue for “the public benefit.”
While pro-Constitution, and pro-2nd Amendment, and pro-freedom groups argued that the tax was a smokescreen and the true purpose of the city’s “gun tax” measure was to make it more difficult for city residents to have a firearm, Justice Debra Stephens disagreed.
Justice Stephens wrote the majority opinion, which said:
State law “grants Seattle broad authority to tax retailers for the privilege of doing business within city limits,” she wrote.
While the court argued that the tax was passed to raise revenue for “the public benefit” they failed to examine the reality that the tax had failed that purpose.
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.
Alan Gottlieb, is the founder of the Second Amendment Foundation and was one of the people challenging the city law. He argues that this decision proves that freedom lovers everywhere must get more involved in the Supreme Court races in their states. “The high court’s decision to uphold what clearly appears to us as a violation of Washington’s 34-year-old State Preemption Act is proof positive that the court places political correctness above the rule of law,” Gottlieb said.
Hopefully, the citizens whose rights are being undermined by this city “tax” will continue the fight and appeal Washington’s ruling all the way to the Supreme Court.