Daniel Beekman for the Seattle Times reports:
Seattle would tax gun and ammunition sales and require owners to tell police about lost and stolen firearms under a pair of bills coming before the City Council.
City Council President Tim Burgess is proposing the legislation, saying revenue from the new tax would fund gun-violence-prevention programs and research.
“Gun violence is very expensive,” Burgess said, noting that the direct medical costs of treating 253 gunshot victims at Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center last year surpassed $17 million, with taxpayers covering more than $12 million of that. “It’s time for the gun industry to help defray those costs and this is a very reasonable way to do it.”
The tax, imposed on gun sellers, would be $25 on each firearm sold in the city and five cents on each round of ammunition.
….Not reporting a lost or stolen gun to police would be enforced as a civil infraction carrying a fine of up to $500.
Read the full story at The Seattle Times.