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  • Judge rules against crazy Seattle lawmakers!

    https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2...e-gun-storage/

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    • Tacoma,WA gun and ammo tax! I hope it gets”shot” down!

      https://www.foxnews.com/politics/new...a-city-council

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      • Smokescreens
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        whats to shoot down, looks like it passed allready..... that is a rediculous tax. why is it illegal for stores to price gouge but its just fine if our government does it?

      • J89k
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        @Smokescreens

        The state uses taxes (and subsidies) to shape the behavior of the population. Think cigarette taxes. A pack today costs north of 10 dollars in some locations. The percentage of people who smoke ciggies under the age of 30 is now less than 15%. Some of that is surely because people are aware of the negative health consequences of smoking, but some of that is also a product of the artificially high prices of cigarettes (taxes).

        On the other hand, stores "gouge" for profit. The state (in this case) isn't raising taxes for profit, it's raising taxes to discourage a behavior.

    • J89k $10 for a pack of smokes is also a rediculous tax. young kids are not smoking ciggarettes as much anymore because its not the "cool" thing to smoke anymore. i see way more kids vaping then i ever seen smoking. and people who use to smoke are switching to vaping to get away from the taxes and costs all while we dont even know if vaping is better or worse for you.

      discrimination is wrong and as such a discriminating tax is equally unjust. its just a excuse to raise taxes and steal more money from us that we see no benifits from.
      if the government honestly wanted us to be healthier they would just ban smoking out right. a tax hikes is just a money grab.
      my Wallet is Getting dangerously close to spontaneous combustion

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      • J89k - Who has the right to decide that my right to defend my self is bad for my health and that my defensive behavior should be changed? Bullshit! Behavior kills people, not weapons. I'll just buy my ammo next door or use a baseball bat. Nothing but virtue signaling by politicians who are running the Pacific Northwest into the ground.

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        • 75kona
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          Its reasons like this I am happy I reload.

      • Smokescreens asked why the state is allowed to do something that stores are not. I wasnt moralizing, simply stating the logic of those types of taxes. They stand in contrast to taxes such as the gasoline tax. The state certainly isnt discouraging the use of gasoline - they are looking to benefit financially from its use.

        The opposite of taxation would be a subsidy. This is also meant to direct human behavior. States haven't been increasing gasoline taxes to encourage the shift to alternative energy sources, instead they provide subsidies to those who do. Think subsidies for solar panels or use of HOV lanes for those with electric cars.

        States have long used taxes and subsidies to shape the behavior of their populations. The alternative is physical force.

        You won't see an ammo tax in Texas... I promise... my guess would be that most voters in Tacoma support such a tax, otherwise supporting the policy wouldn't be politically viable. This is how democracy works.

        As to your question about who has the right to impose taxes to alter your behavior? The answer would be the state. Unless, I suppose, you are a proponent of anarchy.

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