From the Washington Times, we learn “[t]he Seattle City Council is expected to cast a final vote Monday on legislation that adds new taxes and regulations on firearms and ammunition sold in the city.” The law passed a committee vote unanimously last week and mandates a “$25 tax on firearms and a 5-cent-per-round tax on ammunition, and would force gun owners to report a lost or stolen firearm within 24 hours.”
No word on whether the committee is familiar with the Heller case ruling the 2nd Amendment confers an individual right to keep and bear arms. Presumably many city councils do not like the local newspaper for what they say about city council – would a one dollar newspaper tax be appropriate to combat the spreading of inaccurate reporting? Of course not. We’ll see how the courts treat this sure-to-be- challenged infringement and see if they find it permissible or excessively burdensome.