Shocker, not: Seattle’s gun-sale tax falls way short of projections in first year


Seattle Council President Tim Burgess, sponsor of the gun tax

Expect the progressives on the Seattle City Council to come up with another tax.

From Seattle Times: Seattle’s tax on the sale of firearms and ammunition raised less than $200,000 during its first year, according to Seattle City Councilmember Tim Burgess. The city had previously kept the revenue information confidential to protect taxpayers’ privacy, as reported in a recent Seattle Times story.

In an email sent to The Times Tuesday, Burgess wrote:

“City and state laws prohibit the city from releasing specific tax information when such information is likely to identify specific taxpayers. In this context, we can report that there were approximately 15 potential firearm and ammunition taxpayers in the city for 2016. During its first year, the firearms and ammunition tax payments received by the City were less than $200,000.”

The city is using the tax to support gun-violence research at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. But the city isn’t spending the money until a 2015 lawsuit challenging the tax is resolved.

Burgess spearheaded the tax, which was adopted by the council in 2015 and took effect Jan. 1, 2016. When Burgess proposed the tax, he said the city’s budget office had estimated it would raise $300,000 to $500,000 a year.

Though the money from the tax isn’t being used, the research it’s intended to pay for is moving ahead, with $275,000 that the council allocated for 2016 and 2017 coming out of the city’s general fund.


8 responses to “Shocker, not: Seattle’s gun-sale tax falls way short of projections in first year

  1. This is an example of Quinn’s first law.

    Liberals always generate the exact opposite of their stated intent.

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  2. Liberals demonstrate by burning down their own neighborhoods , conservatives and libertarians demonstrate by letting their dollars do the walking …….TAX me here , I’ll go there , bye !!!

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  3. Kevin J Lankford

    I have to wonder just what there is about “gun violence” that needs any real research? I can think of nothing about “gun violence” that can not be addressed with just plain common sense. Crime and “gun violence” are one and the same. To understand one is to understand the other.

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  4. About 15 potential firearms and ammunition taxpayers that generated less than $200,000. So the tax was about $13,333 per sale? I think not. The tax generated was probably less than $1,000.00. And then we must subtract the business tax and rental tax lost from the gun stores moving out of the city. That was a really smart tax liberals. You shot yourselves in the foot.

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  5. The Liberals don’t CARE about the money their little rip-off generates-it was all about PUNISHING gun buyers anyway….

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  6. Libtard financial solutions​ always involve robbing Peter to pay Paul

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