By no small coincidence yesterday, a King County Superior Court judge ruled that a Seattle ordinance allowing city workers to snoop through people’s garbage is unconstitutional, about the same time that a former Seattle gun retailer revealed that the city has now lost thousands of dollars in tax revenues that he would have paid, had the “gun violence tax” ordinance not forced him to relocate.
Judge Beth Andrus, according to Fox News, said that it is an invasion of privacy for city sanitation workers and garbage collectors to be checking citizens’ garbage to make sure they’re not throwing food scraps away. It might make some people wonder just what else the city has done in its effort to micro-manage the lives of citizens that also doesn’t meet constitutional muster.
The gun violence tax is being challenged in court. One of the plaintiffs is Precise Shooter, now doing business in Lynnwood. It had been located on Aurora Avenue, where according to this blog, it provided last year some $32,000 in sales and B&O taxes. This year, the shop has paid less than $1,700 so far, and that’s a far cry from the $300,000 to $500,000 that City Council President Tim Burgess forecast from the gun control tax when he sold the idea to the council.
But, says Precise Shooter, “This ‘tax’ was about running the gun stores out of town…” Has the tax prevented any homicides or shootings?
Plaintiffs in the case against Seattle, including the Second Amendment Foundation, National Rifle Association and National Shooting Sports Foundation, have taken their lawsuit to the State Court of Appeals after a King County judge ruled in favor of the city. The plaintiffs have filed their appeal brief, citing the state’s model preemption statute that “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.”
That’s not the only “trash” talk that happened yesterday. Headlines are buzzing, along with social media, about former House Speaker John Boehner’s remarks concerning Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz. Boehner, whom many considered part of the problem rather than part of the solution for the mess they believe Congress has become, called Cruz “Lucifer in the flesh” and “a miserable (SOB).”
Many Cruz fans consider this a badge of honor. They didn’t like Boehner as House speaker and they certainly don’t like him now.
On Boehner’s watch, the House held former Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress. That was over Holder’s refusal to hand over subpoenaed documents relating to Operation Fast & Furious to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
Cruz lost all five state primary elections Tuesday and yet yesterday named Carly Fiorina as his pick for vice president, should he get the GOP nomination in July. Cruz has lots of fans in the firearms community. So does front-runner Donald Trump. Cruz is campaigning hard in Indiana where next Tuesday’s primary is critical for him. He needs to win that one decisively.
Whether Boehner’s bad-mouthing of the conservative Texas senator will be enough to fire up his followers to take Indiana remains to be seen. Cruz is solid on the Second Amendment and there are a lot of gun owners in the Hoosier State.
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