Seattle Weighs ‘Violence’ Tax On Gun Owners

The Seattle City Council is expected to cast a final vote Monday on legislation that adds new taxes and regulations on firearms and ammunition sold in the city.

The legislation, which passed unanimously Wednesday by the Education and Governance Committee, would implement a $25 tax on firearms and a 5-cent-per-round tax on ammunition, and would force gun owners to report a lost or stolen firearm within 24 hours.

Supporters believe the tax will deter criminals from buying a gun, and tax revenue would go toward violence prevention.

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