The NRA and the SAF say they are suing the city of Seattle over its adoption this month of a so-called “gun violence tax,” as well as mandatory reporting of lost or stolen firearms.
The plaintiffs allege the city’s adoption of a retail sales tax on guns and ammunition is a clear violation of Washington state’s 33-year-old state preemption law that does not allow cities, counties or political subdivisions to enact laws relating to firearms not authorized by state law.
On Monday, the organizations – joined by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, two city firearms retailers and two private citizens – filed a lawsuit in King County Superior Court. The suit accuses the city of violating Washington state law which prohibits local governments from adopting laws related to firearms unless those local ordinances are specifically authorized.
Named as defendants are Mayor Ed Murray, the city’s Department of Finance and Administrative Services and that department’s director, Glen Lee.
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“We’ve been down this path before with Seattle when we sued them and won, knocking out their attempt to ban guns in city park facilities,” said SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan Gottlieb. “The city does not seem to understand that no matter how they wrap this package, it’s still a gun control law and it violates Washington’s long-standing preemption statute.”
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