NRA, other groups file lawsuit to fight Seattle’s bogus ‘unenforceable’ gun violence tax

The National Rifle Association, and two other gun rights groups, are not taking Seattle’s new “gun violence tax” law lying down.

As predicted when the city council passed the bill unanimously, the three gun rights groups have figuratively taken up arms against the anti-Second Amendment law by filing a lawsuit Monday calling the law “unenforceable.”

The lawsuit, in which the NRA was joined by the National Shooting Sports Foundation and the Second Amendment Foundation, called the law, which imposes a $25 tax on the sale of guns and 5 cents on the sale of ammunition, nothing more than a “ piece of propaganda,” the Associated Press reported.

“The ordinance serves only as a piece of propaganda, because the ordinance’s mandates are legally unenforceable,” the lawsuit read. “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 fired back saying the city did have the authority to issue the tax.

“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,” he 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,” Burgess added. “It’s not in any way an attempt to regulate the sale, use or possession of firearms.”

But Second Amendment Foundation founder, Alan Gottlieb, wasn’t buying it.

“The city does not seem to understand that no matter how they wrap this package,” he said in a news release. “It’s still a gun control law and it violates Washington’s long-standing pre-emption statute.”


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