By Nathan Barton
Just a quickie: several states, foremost among them, Washington state, are attempting to impose special taxes on any sale of a firearm OR ammunition, with the money supposedly to be used to “study” or “combat” or “deal with” gun violence. Washington is voting on it this week. NOTE: According to NPR all of the so-called gun violence laws have passed, including the one in Washington state.
In doing so, they are imitating the City of Seattle, which passed just such a law last year. It imposes a tax of $25 on purchase of any new firearm, and 5 cents per round: even on .22-cal ammo (adding $2.50 to the cost of a 50-round box of plinkers). This is, of course, in addition to the usual sales taxes and whatever else they’ve come up with. The money was supposed to go to a medical center in Seattle to deal with victims of gun violence.
You know the rest of the story, of course: the tax has backfired. Just one of the gun shops (of the few left in Seattle) said that his business is down 32%, and that although his store has paid $60,000 in “gun violence tax” money, it is paying $600,000 less in regular sales taxes to the city. People are going to his store NOT in the city limits, or to other, competing stores in nearby cities. We’ve seen this happen again and again, mostly with so-called sin taxes.
I suspect that the statist, groveling, liberal/Tranzi voters of Washington state (apparently, as usual, the denizens of that horrible urban area along the Sound will vote Demo, for the witch) will ignore the plain facts and vote for this direct attack on their liberties and their right to defend themselves. Just as other laws have been established, in a variety of other states. Nevada, for example, is expected to pass a law that requires that ALL transfers of firearms be through a FFL holder, in this election as well. Although supposedly polls indicate that 72% of Americans do NOT want to see handguns banned, they are seemingly willing to go along with infringements on the right to keep and bear arms.
They, and we who do NOT agree, will regret their choices, and if they are lucky, they will LIVE to regret them too.
Honestly, even if we ignore the fact that taxes are nothing but a form of theft, ANY tax imposed on buying a gun or ammunition (or any other weapon) is a direct violation of the constitution, which states that the people’s right to keep and bear arms shall NOT be infringed. Adding to the cost of something is very much an infringement.
Mama’s Note: Lots of talk today about possible secession of the entire west coast. It would be a good start, but I don’t think that it would work out quite like they imagine. But heck, it would be fun to see them try it. Then the heartland and Midwest could secede next, if Texas didn’t beat them to it. Oh well, we’ll see what happens next.