Seattle’s Unusual $25 Gun Tax Upheld in State Court

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The Washington Supreme Court upheld Seattle’s so-called “gun violence tax” against a challenge from gun rights groups Thursday, leaving the city as one of the only places in the country that taxes the sale of firearms and ammunition to raise money for gun-violence research. In an 8-1 decision , the justices ruled that the levy fell within the city’s taxing authority and its primary purpose was to raise revenue for “the public benefit.”

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