Washington State Gun Owners Under Siege, Can They Fight Back?

Washington State Gun Owners Under Siege, Can They Fight Back?
Washington State Gun Owners Under Siege, Can They Fight Back?

U.S.A.-(Ammoland.com)- An estimated 15,000 people turned out Sunday to see visiting Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren in Seattle; a candidate who recently announced a sweeping gun control scheme only days after a Tacoma City Council member reveal his proposed tax on firearms and ammunition to force gun owners in that city to pay for “gun violence education.”

Senator Warren’s visit also coincided with massive pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong, where an estimated 1.7 million people marched in the streets last week in defense of a concept represented by the American flags that showed up, as reported by the Wall Street Journal.

And in Bellevue, Wash.—a city said to be “behind enemy lines”—Alan Gottlieb, chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, and one of the most recognized leaders in the Second Amendment community, suggested how impressive it would be for that many gun owners to march for their rights, especially in the Northwest.

Washington has become a test tube for gun control extremism. Three billionaire-backed initiatives have been passed since 2014. A state that once had reasonable gun laws is now billed as having some of the most restrictive, and the smart money would bet that virtually everyone who showed up at Sunday’s Warren rally voted for all three measures. Neighboring Oregon is not far behind, as Willamette Valley anti-gunners from Portland to Salem and Eugene have their own extremist agenda that was barely derailed earlier this year by Senate Republicans.

Warren wasted little time in visiting the Evergreen State just days after Gov. Jay Inslee dropped his campaign for the White House in deference for a third run at the governorship. His climate change campaign never got traction and his polling numbers cratered almost from the start.

Now comes Tacoma Councilman Ryan Mello with a desire, according to KCPQ News, the local Fox affiliate, to encumber his constituents with a tax on firearms and ammunition similar to the one adopted in 2015 in Seattle. He wants the same $25 fee on each gun sale, the same 5-cent tax on every centerfire cartridge and 2-cent fee on every rimfire round sold. He also wants something else that gun owners are still trying to figure out.

According to the Tacoma News Tribune, Mello wants “a higher tax on high-velocity ammunition, or more military-style ammunition such as ‘hollow point bullets.’”

Clearly, either the newspaper or Mello, or both, haven’t got a clue what they’re talking about, say alarmed gun rights activists. Ammoland News checked with the newspaper and was assured by the reporter that it was an accurate quote.

Gottlieb has seen this before. When the City of Seattle hastily adopted a similar tax in 2015, he led the Second Amendment Foundation, which he founded and now serves as its executive vice president, in a lawsuit to oppose the tax. SAF was joined by the National Rifle Association and National Shooting Sports Foundation, and two local gun retailers. The State Supreme Court upheld the tax, despite the language in state statute that appears to specifically prohibit such a local gun law:

“The state of Washington hereby fully occupies and preempts the entire field of firearms regulation within the boundaries of the state, including the registration, licensing, possession, purchase, sale, acquisition, transfer, discharge, and transportation of firearms, or any other element relating to firearms or parts thereof, including ammunition and reloader components. Cities, towns, and counties or other municipalities may enact only those laws and ordinances relating to firearms that are specifically authorized by state law, as in RCW 9.41.300, and are consistent with this chapter. Such local ordinances shall have the same penalty as provided for by state law. Local laws and ordinances that are inconsistent with, more restrictive than, or exceed the requirements of state law shall not be enacted and are preempted and repealed, regardless of the nature of the code, charter, or home rule status of such city, town, county, or municipality.”

The Tacoma City Council meets every Tuesday, although the Sept. 3 session is cancelled, according to a notice online. The first meeting in September is on the 10th.
While Evergreen State gun owners have their hands full with local political anti-gunners, Warren’s agenda is alarming. According to NPR, she wants “stricter background checks,” and the creation of “a federal licensing system, limiting the number of firearms someone could buy, raising the minimum age to 21 for purchasing a gun, holding gun manufacturers liable (and, in some cases, even holding gun industry CEOs personally liable).”

Additionally, she “wants to raise taxes for gun manufacturers (from 10% to 30% on guns and from 11% to 50% on ammunition),” NPR reported.

So, where are Washington’s estimated 1.5-2 million gun owners? A fraction of them appear to be activists, and some even continue to vote straight Democrat tickets, sending anti-gunners back to Washington, D.C. or the state capitol in Olympia, where a handful of strong pro-gun Democrats try to bring some moderation to counter their far left Seattle-area colleagues.

But the activists are fired up, thanks to the announced gubernatorial candidacies of two strong Republicans, Republic Police Chief Loren Culp and State Sen. Phil Fortunato, both profiled by Ammoland News earlier.

Washington has one of the strongest state constitutional right-to-bear-arms provisions in the country, adopted in November 1889 and copied word-for-word by the Arizona state constitution in 1912. It simply states that the right of the individual citizen to bear arms in defense of himself, or the state, shall not be impaired.

Coupled with the language of the Second Amendment, which prohibits infringement of the right to keep and bear arms, one might presume Washingtonians would never face the daunting attacks on their rights as they do now.

It’s a challenge they will have to meet in November 2020, an in the meantime fend off in Olympia come January.

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About Dave Workman

Dave Workman

Dave Workman is a senior editor at TheGunMag.com and Liberty Park Press, author of multiple books on the Right to Keep & Bear Arms and formerly an NRA-certified firearms instructor.

 

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G-man
G-man
1 year ago

Well I guess if she wants to hold CEOs accountable for stuff that happens with their products I guess we should be able to hold them accountable for their policies that go bad or don’t do what they are supposed to do, if that’s her thinking well what’s good for the goose is good for the gender. Hopefully we the people have woken up to their lies and propaganda they spew out so freely

mlhtd51
mlhtd51
1 year ago

I Would Say Dumping The Demonrat Party Is “NOT ENOUGH”. We Need To Be Prepared To Take Back What Is Already Ours. “TRUMP 2020”

RoyD
RoyD
1 year ago

Can you cite your source for her, Read more: “get them before 8 or it’s too late”, quote?

KenW
KenW
1 year ago

“—Alan Gottlieb, chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, and one of the most recognized leaders in the Second Amendment community, ” While I do not disagree with this statement, one thought does come to mind. As a leader in the 2nd A Community it would seem to me that you are failing in you home state. I don’t say this as a criticism, as I have been a member of “Citizens” on and off over the years. Once THEY an initiative on the ballot, like the “assault weapons ban” here in FL, its… Read more »

BowserB
BowserB
1 year ago

How could anyone consider even for a moment, voting for this evil opportunist. Her whole adult life has been nothing but lies to get what she wants, and even when the lies are exposed, Democrats will still vote for her. And how could any parent vote for someone who advocates brainwashing of young children?

Darkman
Darkman
1 year ago

Gentleman Make no mistake. This is an overt attack on the Constitution and specifically the Bill of Rights. If allowed to destroy the 2nd A. The others will soon fall. This is a fight that can not and will not be settled at the ballot box. Even if they loose in 2020. The democrats will never give up the attack. You must understand this a term fight for them. It began when they gained control of the education system. Through which they have slowly redefined morals and history and popular culture, They have 60 years invested in the transformation of… Read more »

macdog
macdog
1 year ago
Reply to  Darkman

USA — sounds like Colorado. We have some county sheriffs and county officials who are not willing to fall for or following the lefty line of crap. We have a newly installed governor who lied and bought his way into office. Here if we keep the citizenry stoned (thank you statewide marijuana legalization and Denver’s mushroom legalization). the voters will comply and sell us out. Denver and Boulder are Berkley East. Those of us in the rural areas will continue resist and support our constitution. Here we have red flag guilty until proven innocent..( good luck on that)

Superman
Superman
1 year ago

Culp or Fortunato have ZERO chance of becoming the next WA governor. Inslee is a shoe-in for a third term. The WA state supreme court is a mouthpiece for the state dumbocrats so don’t expect that bunch of bozos to EVER overturn an anti-gun law, no matter how blatantly unconstitutional.

Tionico
Tionico
1 year ago
Reply to  Superman

Don’t forget.. in Washington the Supreme COurt “justices” are elected. Just weeks after UNANIMOUSLY declaring the latest Bloomburg law in that state was declared suitable to put on the ballot as a citizen’s initiative (it was NOT, violating several parts of the State Constitution, thus can NOT be held up for a vote on the ballot) four “justices” running for reelection, each unopposed, were returned to that bunch of lawmakers in black nighties. That same court are the ones that “approved” the Seattle gun tax, unconstitutional in its face (a direct infringement) AND counter to Washington’s Preemption law. I’d like… Read more »

Superman
Superman
1 year ago
Reply to  Superman

Keep smoking whatever it is you are smoking. Not going to happen and never will here in the Evergreen State.