Like many larger cities in the United States, Seattle is run and controlled by liberal Democrats. The last Republican Seattle Mayor was William Devin who served from 1942 to 1952. Since that time, the last 65-years, Seattle has had a liberal Democrat as mayor. Additionally, most of the city council members have been Democrats for years, also.
Seattle is known for being a liberal city, entrenched in the liberal, progressive and socialist policies and agenda of the Democratic Party. For the past few decades, Seattle has been home to many liberal protests and demonstrations against many conservative politicians, summits and events.
A sign of Seattle’s liberalism is seen in their defiance of federal law by being a sanctuary city for illegal immigrants. In March of this year, Seattle filed a lawsuit against President Trump and his administration due to Trump’s order to cut funding to all sanctuary cities.
In compliance with the anti-American policies of the Democratic Party, Seattle is also an anti-gun city. In 2015, the Seattle city council passed a tax on the sale of all firearms and ammunition. It called for a $25 tax on the sale of all firearms and 5¢ on every round of ammunition. For example, a box of shotgun shells for bird hunting normally contains 25 shells, so the extra tax for the box would be $1.25. Doesn’t sound like that much, but consider a standard box of .22 caliber shells, used for small game hunting and target shooting holds 100 rounds. That means the additional city tax would be $5. I can go down to my local sporting goods store and buy a box of 100, .22 caliber shells for around $9-$11. In Seattle, the tax would raise the price to around $14-$16, a very significant increase.
The gun and ammunition tax went into effect on January 1, 2016. The tax was promoted as a way to fight the rising cost of gun violence in the city. Councilman Tim Burgess said he expected the tax to generate around $300,000 to $500,000 a year.
Has their plan worked? Has the gun and ammunition tax helped reduce gun violence in Seattle and has it helped raise the hundreds of thousands of dollars they had hoped for?
No! The gun and ammunition tax has literally backfired on the Seattle city council and mayor.
According to a recent report:
“Comparing the first five months of 2017 with the same period before the gun tax went into effect, reports of shots fired are up 13 percent, the number of people injured in shootings climbed 37 percent and gun deaths doubled, according to crime statistics from the Seattle Police Department.”
When pressed for information on how much the tax generated for the city in the first year, all they would say is that it was under $200,000. Mike Coombs, owner of Outdoor Emporium said the tax brought in just over $100,000. He also reported that his gun sales have dropped by 60%. The tax has had such a negative impact on gun and ammunition sales in the city that Coombs has had to lay off employees.
Other stores in Seattle have reported drops in gun sales. But that doesn’t mean Seattle residents have stopped buying guns. It seems that many city residents are going outside the city to buy their guns and ammunition. In fact, at least one gun dealer in Seattle moved his store to a location outside the city.
Some gun dealers say that in the long run, the gun and ammunition tax has resulted in a net loss for Seattle. Not only are people going outside the city to make their purchases, but the city is also losing out on overall sales tax and tax on income of the employees who have lost their jobs and took jobs outside the city when gun stores relocate.
Serves Seattle’s liberals right. I love it when a liberal anti-gun measure completely backfires on them.