— HOT AIR Starting in January of this year it became increasingly expensive to purchase a gun or ammunition in the city of Seattle, Washington. The municipal government instituted a new tax of $25 on the sale of every weapon and anywhere from two to five cents for each round of ammunition. This obvious attempt at discouraging residents from exercising their Second Amendment rights and driving gun shops out of business was portrayed by city officials as a “public safety” initiative, with the funds raised being directed toward medical research of gunshot victims, including medical and behavioral interventions at a University of Washington medical center.
Can they do that? There’s a lawsuit underway to determine the answer to that question.