From assigning garbage collectors police powers to spending taxpayer money painting and maintaining rainbows on crosswalks to coddle the city’s homosexuals, Seattle has demonstrated their willingness to go above and beyond for ultra-liberalism.
The City of Seattle recently passed a tax on lawful gun owners to punish them for the crimes committed with firearms by criminals.
On Tuesday, King County Superior Court Judge Palmer Robinson denied an injunction to plaintiffs seeking to halt the ridiculous tax on lawful gun owners, claiming that the ordinance was in keeping with the city’s ability to levy taxes.
Groups are already mobilizing to appeal the decision as the ordinance violates Washington law by regulating firearms at a city level. “We are going to fight this vigorously in defense of a state preemption law that has served Washington citizens well for more than three decades,” said Alan Gottlieb, founder of the Second Amendment Foundation.
The city government is passed the “gun violence” tax that assesses an additional tax of $25 for all gun purchases and $.05 per round of ammo purchased.
The anti-Second Amendment package also places a burden on law-abiding gun owners to demand that they report any stolen or lost firearms within 24 hours.
Calling the laws a “gun safety” plan, the city council committee voted unanimously to approve the ridiculous measures. Unsurprisingly, the NRA and other Second Amendment organizations have mobilized and sought legal remedies to stop the measure that punishes law-abiding citizens for the crimes committed by criminals.
“The ordinance serves only as a piece of propaganda, because the ordinance’s mandates are legally unenforceable,” the lawsuit alleges. “The state of Washington has the exclusive right to regulate the sale of firearms in Washington, and cities may not enact local laws or regulations related to the sale of firearms.”
City Council President Tim Burgess, who proposed the legislation, attempted to defend the anti-Second Amendment legislation as a function of the city’s taxing powers.
“The NRA does this all across the country whenever they feel that anyone is trying to regulate firearms, and that’s not what we’re doing here,” Burgess said. “We’re using the city’s taxing authority, which is granted to us by the Washington Constitution and the Legislature.”
“We took a simple and commonsense measure to support gun safety research and prevention methods,” he added. “It’s not in any way an attempt to regulate the sale, use or possession of firearms.”
Taxes are fine; however, when such taxes are used a cudgel to dissuade people from exercising their rights, they are unconstitutional.
That is why we no longer have a poll tax.
The tax is a flagrant abuse of power reserved for the state and will have disastrous consequences.
Not only is the tax designed to hurt Seattle-based firearms dealers who will not witness an exodus of customers who will buy their firearms outside the city limits, but it will also incentivize the purchasing of firearms on the private market, a violation of state law that patriots have increasingly turned to in acts of civil disobedience.
If the city insists on punitively taxing those who follow the law when purchasing a firearm, the solution is really quite simple: don’t follow the law and purchase privately.
Further, the law is an inversion of logic; our justice system cannot abide a principle of punishing those who follow the law in retaliation for the deeds of criminals.
If your neighbor beats his wife, should the police take you to jail? Of course not. Still, though legal gun owners continually make up only a fraction of the crimes in the U.S., the city of Seattle sees it as just to penalize those who obtain their firearms through legal means.
Modern gun control efforts no longer hinge upon outright bans and lofty crusades; they now center on duplicitous means of deterring people from exercising their rights. From banning of private sales to creating provisions where the government gets to decide who is and who is not fit to own a firearm, the modern anti-Second Amendment crusade is not overt, but is a sneaky guerrilla war.