Democrats in Seattle, Washington passed a tax on all sales of guns and ammunition in the hopes of defraying the rising costs of gun violence back in January of 2016. However, the gun tax have done little to deter violence nor has it collected the projected tax amount it said it would. Instead, it has made it difficult for gun store owners to continue to employ their workers because firearm sales have drastically declined. Gun store owners are struggling to survive since the new tax was implemented.
Fox News reported that gun violence in the city has surged since the gun tax took effect while gun sales have plummeted. In addition, the tax has brought in much less than city leaders projected it would.
“How much data do you need?” asked Dave Workman, senior editor of TheGunMag.com and member of the Second Amendment Foundation. “The data says the law has failed to prevent what they promised it would prevent.”
The tax, which was introduced in 2015 by Seattle City Councilman Tim Burgess, puts a $25 tax on every firearm sold in the city and up to 5 cents per round of ammunition. The measure took effect in January of 2016, and since then, gun violence has surged.
When looking at the first five months of 2017 and 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.
Before the tax was put in place, Burgess predicted that it would generate between $300,000 and $500,000 annually. Instead, it only brought in “under $200,000” in it’s first year, according to Seattle officials.
Stricter gun laws along with gun taxation are not answers to lowering gun violence as evidence clearly shows. What do you think about this? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section.