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Tacoma Council member pulls the race card on the Firearms debate. - passes taxes

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Sportco, Bullseye, Surplus Arms and Ammo, Welchers, Pistol Mary's to name a few.
I believe Sportco is actually in fife. I'm wondering if Surplus Ammo wishes they were still down the street from me in Lakewood. I'm also curious about Bass Pro in Tacoma off Hosmer and how this will affect them. (other than to send everyone down to Cabela's in Lacey).
 

po18guy

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The reason I asked is because one news report I watched today the person said
" well, like Seattle they will see very little benefit of the tax because nearly all gun retailers have left"
This, according to the progressive left, is "inclusiveness", maybe even "diversity"
Who in their right mind would want to live in such increasingly 3rd world holes? Really, when the house is burning, you head for the door. The structure may not be worth saving.
 

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It was supposedly amended to exempt parts and manufacturers.

My guess is that Aero Precision played a part in this carve-out. Political grandstanding and virtue-signaling takes a back seat to money.
I don't know if they personally played a part or if the mayor realized that they might loose the Aero revenue stream all together. Aero CEO and other employees were there to speak out against this extortion fee..................

NT said:
Employees from Aero Precision, a manufacturer of firearms in Tacoma that employs more than 400, came to speak in opposition.

“This type of regressive tax really impacts our ability to be competitive,” Aero Precision CEO Scott Dover said during public comment.

One Aero Precision employee said no one from the council had ever reached out prior to the tax proposal.

“We were a ghost to all of you. No one even knew we existed,” he said.
Tacoma City Council approves tax on firearms and ammunition

MyNW said:
There were other concerns from business owners like Scott Dover, CEO of Aero-Precision, one of the largest gun manufacturers in the country.

“This tax will affect not only over-the-counter sales, but it will eventually affect parts and components,” said Dover. “It will just literally put us out of business if we were to stay in Tacoma with this type of tax.”

With 450 employees at the company, Dover says that’s something Tacoma City Council should care about.
After delay, Tacoma takes up new version of controversial gun tax

Fox said:
“This type of regressive tax really impacts our ability to be competitive,” CEO Scott Dover of Tacoma-based manufacturer Aero Precision said during public comment. The company employs more than 400 people, the report said.
New taxes on guns, ammunition OK’d by Tacoma City Council


Either way, I think they should bite the bullet and move out of Tacoma as soon as possible.



Ray
 

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Isn’t Sportco in Fife? And Welchers in Lakewood?
I had totally forgotten Welchers moved even though I bought a gun from them after the move. Yes they are Lakewood now where they built a nice looking indoor range. Wife and I went right after it opened to look. It was empty as they were pricing the place as if they were wanting to immediately go under. Did buy a gun in the shop while there. I am seeing now the range has changed to pricing that should work. Keep meaning to go there one day just to give it a try. They have 75 foot lanes instead of 50 but, hell I can hardly stay on paper at 50 any more unless I am using an optic :eek:
I always see Sportco saying they are in Fife, never actually been there. I do hope Mary's will move. Really like then. Hate to see this hurt them but I can't see how it will not if they stay.
 

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When the Seattle tax passed, small gun shops moved out like Precise Shooter.

Precise Shooter had a great page on their website about their tax statement to the city of Seattle. $0 owed.

It looks like Precise Shooter also posted a nice letter on this regulation and answered the questions some people asked here about what happened in Seattle when the exact same tax was passed.

 

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Exactly - this goes without saying.

What was the approximate percentage of gun shops that actually left Seattle?
Read the letter on Precise Shooter's website for a list of gun stores that departed Seattle due to the tax.

I believe no independent gun store is left inside the city limits. A quick Google maps search shows 1 pawn shop and 1 big box store. So close to 100% effective against local businesses.

 

Alexx1401

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Mary's already stated they would likely close up shop.

Sad but as I said I would not shop there any more after if they stayed. I have been buying from them since they opened and like them a lot. If they do close and move? I would be more than willing to drive to the new spot they open. Hell I would be glad to come down and help tote and lift for the move and would bring pastries and coffee for all :D
I will also not do ANY buying in the city. Not my tires, car care, food, nothing. I really wish I could get most gun owners to do the same. It will not happen but, if we did? We could put them in trouble very fast when tax revenue tanks.
 

MrRob96

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Quote from Precise Shooter:

Since the "tax" was implemented, both gun stores - including Precise Shooter - moved out of town, because it was financially impossible to compete with suburban gun stores who do not have to collect this "tax". With this, we took general sales revenue that would be otherwise going to Seattle to Lynnwood. Last year - despite a "Trump slump" in guns sales - this was just over $74000. So at least this much should be subtracted from the $93000 that the gun "tax" generated.


Hilarious. I guess Seattle shot themselves in the foot with that move. Not that they care, it's about virtue signaling to the world that they're allies of at risk and under represented communities or some bubblegum.
 
Brings new meaning to the term, I got your six. Now known as 6 x 2, in favor or not. Ben Dover.
All about the control factor, NOT the tax as they represent it to be.
 

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The woman's constituents were under-represented at the meeting in more ways than one.
Didn’t read the thread in its entirety, just going off of the thread title here:

The representative has a drastic misunderstanding of the historic implications for firearms restrictions for her constituents. Historically, restrictions (permits, taxes & whatnot) have prevented her constituents from exercising there 2A in the Southern States in particular. Causing quite the disparity.
 

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I believe Sportco is actually in fife. I'm wondering if Surplus Ammo wishes they were still down the street from me in Lakewood. I'm also curious about Bass Pro in Tacoma off Hosmer and how this will affect them. (other than to send everyone down to Cabela's in Lacey).
Surplus Ammo relocated to Montana some time ago. Not sure if they knew years ago that this tax was coming or not.
 
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This is just an unfettered abuse of power, akin to the ills of Socialism or Communism dictatorships. The starting point is that this plainly violates the express clear language of the Federal and State Constitutions. If it were called a poll tax, which it is, it would be obviously illegal. But it's wrapped in some sugary leftist nonsense flavor-of-the-day baloney and they eat it up.

These are just the enemy of the people sadly voted in by the majority of morons who are brainwashed from decades of mind-rot liberalism and because too many are apathetic and don't vote. Society is collapsing. People are fat, dumb, and happy with their Seaducks, Iphones, Facebook, and Netflix and they DGAF that their rights are being torn from them every year.

Sad really. One day they will wake up slaves to the state, with no right to protest, speak, worship, keep their money, gun ownership, or due process and wonder what happened.

These power hungry morons need to be impeached and worse. Prosecuted in my opinion.
 

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