As more anti-protectionist towns try to enforce their own gun control through taxation at least one gun shop has avoided the city’s gun tax altogether by simply moving out.
The owner of Seattle’s Precise Shooter gun store made good on his promise to move out and avoid paying a single dime to the city’s new gun tax.
According to Mynorthwest.com,
Sergey Solyanik, owner of Precise Shooter on Aurora Avenue, is closing his gun shop and moving it to Lynnwood after a recent court ruling gave Seattle approval to impose a tax on gun sales. Solyanik opposed the tax and has argued it would harm his business.
“It would make us unprofitable,” he said. “I calculated it by retroactively applying the tax to our existing sales — I’m a software developer, so I can do that — and we would be operating at a loss for the entire store.”
Solyanik threatened to take his business elsewhere if the city moved forward with the tax. He’s now proving it.
Seattle passed a law in 2015 that places a $25 tax for every firearm, and up to 5 cents for each round of ammunition sold within the city. It was opposed by local gun advocates and the NRA, and taken to court. In December, a King County judge sided with the city and the tax was allowed to go into effect at the start of 2016.
The tax money was supposed to be used to stop gun violence, which nowadays has become the term used to mean “enact more gun control measures” and does nothing to make law abiding citizens safer.
The funny thing about this whole situation is that not only will Seattle not make any money from it’s gun tax, it will actually be losing money.
“Burgess doesn’t expect any money from this. In fact, there will be a net loss for this city. This location brings in roughly $50,000 in sales tax revenue, so that is all going to be gone next year. And there is not going to be any revenue from the (gun) tax.”
Precise Shooter remains open to sell cleaning supplies and other equipment, but will not sell firearms or ammo that are now taxed in Seattle. Solyanik will operate the shop as such until his business license is approved for a new store in Lynnwood.
Good job, Seattle. Not only did you deprive more residents of having an upstanding gun shop to do business with, you just lost more revenue for yourself as well.
The owner of the store summed it up with a very sage thought that I wish our president could understand.
“People who shoot up people in the streets — they don’t come here to get guns. They get them on the streets,” Solyanik said. “It’s just collective punishment for all of us.”