Despite pledges from pro-gun advocates to settle the matter in court, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray signed bills into law Friday that will tax firearms sales and require stolen guns to be reported.
The proposals, which passed unanimously through the City Council earlier this month, impose a “gun violence tax” on gun and ammo sales within city limits of up to $25 per firearm and require the reporting of lost or stolen guns within 24 hours under penalty of law.
“The unanimous Council vote on this ordinance demonstrates the commitment of this City and this community to lead on the ongoing national epidemic of gun violence,” Murray said in a previously released statement. “While action at the federal level and in many other jurisdictions remains gridlocked, we are moving ahead to address an issue so damaging to the young people of Seattle, especially young people of color.”
The first new ordinance, proposed as Council Bill 118437, sets a levy of $25 per firearm, 2.5 cents per .22 caliber cartridge, and 5 cents apiece for all other rounds of ammunition. The latter would add $2 to the average box of handgun ammunition and $12.50 to common 500 round packs of rimfire target ammo.
The second ordinance, CB 118436, requires…