Gun rights group calls Seattle gun tax a failure as shootings climb
By Chris Eger
The head of a national gun rights group contends the city’s controversial gun tax has done little to curb shootings in Seattle.
The 2015 measure, which placed a $25 assessment on each modern firearm and up to 5 cents on each round of ammunition sold by retailers in the city, was billed as a “gun violence tax” but Alan Gottlieb, executive vice president of the Second Amendment Foundation, says it hasn’t done anything to stem the rising tide of criminal gun use in the city after looking at police statistics.
“That ‘gun violence tax’ is been a monumental failure, and we are challenging Mayor Ed Murray and the Seattle City Council to publicly admit it,” said Gottlieb in a statement. “You simply cannot provide better evidence than the Seattle Police Department’s crime statistics of such a colossally stupid idea that has not worked.”
This week authorities released a 15-page report that showed the number of gun incidents in the city is at a recent high, with 155 reports of gunshots fired in 2017 already compared to 132 in all of 2016. The figure is the highest for the past five years of data released while the number of shootings — 35 including three