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Seattle considering special sales tax on guns and ammunition

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

City Council President Tim Burgess has proposed a tax on every firearm and round of ammo sold in the city, which would be used to fund gun violence prevention programs.

The tax, which would amount to $25 on each modern firearm and 5 cents on each round of ammunition, is expected to skim as much as a $500,000 per year from the wallets of gun owners, the Seattle Times reports. This figure would be in addition to the various state and local retail taxes that approach 9.6 percent in the city already.

“Gun violence is very expensive,” Burgess said, noting that the city covered more than $12 million at public hospitals last year related to shooting injuries. “It’s time for the gun industry to help defray those costs and this is a very reasonable way to do it.”

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