Three gun-rights groups are suing Seattle to block a tax on gun and ammunition sales from taking effect, says the Seattle Times. The National Rifle Association, along with the National Shooting Sports Foundation and the Bellevue-based Second Amendment Foundation, filed a lawsuit yesterday in King County Superior Court accusing the city of violating a state law that prohibits local municipalities from regulating firearms. The Seattle City Council this month voted unanimously to establish a tax on gun and ammunition sales and to require firearms owners to report lost and stolen guns to the police. The reporting requirement is scheduled to take effect next month and the tax on Jan. 1.
The lawsuit, aimed only at the tax, calls that ordinance “a piece of propaganda, because … the state of Washington has the exclusive right to regulate the sale of firearms in Washington.” Chris Cox of the NRA's Institute for Legislative Action compared the challenge to a previous lawsuit. Regulations that prohibited the carrying of firearms in Seattle parks in 2009 were struck down in 2012. “Once again, anti-gun activists in Seattle have chosen to violate the Washington State Constitution and trample on the Second Amendment Rights of law-abiding citizens,” Cox said. “They tried to enact similar regulations back in 2009 and lost. It's a shame to see such a waste of public resources on issues the courts have already ruled to be a clear violation of state law.”