Tax on gun, ammo sales passes but there could be a battle ahead

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Originally published August 10, 2015 at 3:54 pm Updated August 11, 2015 at 9:31 am
Grandmothers Against Gun Violence march Monday on South Jackson Street, joined by City Council President Tim Burgess, at center rear.

The Seattle City Council on Monday voted to establish a tax on gun and ammunition sales in the city and to require gun owners to report lost and stolen firearms to police.

By Daniel Beekman
Seattle Times staff reporter
The Seattle City Council voted unanimously Monday to establish a tax on gun and ammunition sales in the city, and to require gun owners to report lost and stolen firearms to police.

Council President Tim Burgess has said the tax of $25 per gun and 2 or 5 cents per round of ammunition is expected to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars annually that will be set aside for gun-violence-prevention research and programs.
Treating gunshot victims at Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center costs the public millions each year because many patients rely on Medicaid or lack insurance, Burgess has pointed out.

 

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