Judge tells Seattle to release gun tax revenue numbers
By Chris Eger
Sergey Solyanik, owner of gun retailer Precise Shooter, moved his business out of the city to avoid paying Seattle’s new tax on guns and ammo. (Photo: Sy Bean/The Seattle Times)
A judge on Friday found in favor of a quest by a gun magazine to get Washington’s largest city to disclose just how much revenue a controversial tax on firearms and ammo has garnered.
King County Superior Court Judge Lori K. Smith ruled in favor of Dave Workman, senior editor of TheGunMag.com, an organ of the Second Amendment Foundation, in their case challenging Seattle’s refusal to hand over “gun violence tax” revenue information.
Workman and SAF filed suit last September after the city did not provide documents asked for in a public records request on revenue generated by the tax in the first quarter of 2016.
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 Seattle’s solution to the $17 million in medical costs from gunshot victims at the city-underwritten Harborview Medical Center in 2014.
However, it has failed to generate the revenue forecast by its supporters. The measure was expected to garner