Statement on approval of firearms and ammunition tax

Mayor Ed Murray issued the following statement after the Seattle City Council approved a new tax on firearms and ammunition sales to fund gun violence prevention efforts:

“The unanimous Council vote on this ordinance demonstrates the commitment of this City and this community to lead on the ongoing national epidemic of gun violence. While action at the federal level and in many other jurisdictions remains gridlocked, we are moving ahead to address an issue so damaging to the young people of Seattle, especially young people of color. Thanks, especially, to Councilmember Burgess for his advocacy for additional funding for gun violence research, prevention and education. Seattle’s youth deserve action and today’s Council vote is a meaningful step forward.”