December 22, 2015
The Second Amendment Foundation promised an immediate appeal in its challenge to the City of Seattle’s special tax on firearms and ammunition sales following a judge’s ruling that the tax is legal, despite what appears to be a clear conflict with Washington’s 32-year-old preemption statute.
SAF was joined in the lawsuit by the National Rifle Association, National Shooting Sports Foundation, two local gun stores and two private citizens. They are fighting the city’s so-called “gun violence tax” of $25 per firearm and five cents per cartridge, which their attorneys contend is a violation of state law that puts sole authority over firearm regulation in the hands of the State Legislature.
“We are disappointed and strongly disagree with Judge Palmer Robinson’s ruling, and we are confident that the State Court of Appeals will ultimately concur with our position,” said SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan Gottlieb. “SAF and NRA are very familiar with the state preemption statute because we teamed up once before against Seattle and beat the city soundly four years ago.
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