“Comparing the first five months of 2017 with the same period before the gun tax went into effect, reports of shots fired are up 13 percent, the number of people injured in shootings climbed 37 percent and gun deaths doubled, according to crime statistics from the Seattle Police Department.”
The only figure Seattle officials released on how much the tax brought in during its first hear was "under $200,000" the story says.
Most figure gun owners are simply going outside city limits to buy firearms and ammunition to avoid the tax.
The owner of Precise Shooter, Sergey Solyanik, moved his shop to nearby Lynnwood when the tax went into effect. In the story, Solyanik says business has never been better.
But the fact that there’s no money coming in from the gun tax hasn’t stopped the city from spending a pile of money on “gun violence prevention.”
The story says Seattle has dipped into its general fund to support the gun violence research study at Harborview Medical Center Seattle to the tune of $550,000 for a study "aimed at connecting gunshot victims with social services in hopes of not seeing them in the emergency room again."
Workman says in the story that he doesn’t criticize the study, but says the city council should have predicted the results of the gun tax, in that gun dealers would leave the city.
"All these gun control laws affect the wrong people," Workman said in the story. "The gang bangers don't go in and buy ammunition at retail, at least not around here. It certainly hasn't stopped them from getting their hands on firearms."