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Vedder Holsters Daily Digest: Seattle Comes Up Short, Evidence Security and Bucking the Trump Slump

Who could have possibly seen this coming? . . . Seattle’s gun-sale tax raises less than $200,000 in first year – “Seattle’s tax on the sale of firearms and ammunition raised less than $200,000 during its first year, according to Seattle City Councilmember Tim Burgess. The city had previously kept the revenue information confidential to protect taxpayers’ privacy, as reported in a recent Seattle Times story. In an email sent to The Times Tuesday, Burgess wrote: ‘City and state laws prohibit the city from releasing specific tax information when such information is likely to identify specific taxpayers. In this context, we can report that there were approximately 15 potential firearm and ammunition taxpayers in the city for 2016. During its first year, the firearms and ammunition tax payments received by the City were less than $200,000. … When Burgess proposed the tax, he said the city’s budget office had estimated it would raise $300,000 to $500,000 a year.'” Notice he doesn’t say how much less than $200,000 they collected.

Wasn’t that the point? . . . New Ohio gun law expands where people can carry concealed weapons – “A new Ohio law begins today, allowing employees to bring guns to company parking lots and licensed Ohioans to carry concealed guns to more places. Employers can still ban weapons inside their businesses, but they can no longer prohibit concealed carry permit holders from leaving firearms locked in their personal vehicles parked on company property. The new law also grants civil immunity to employers for injuries and deaths that result from guns brought on company property.”

Caldwell® Shooting Supplies Launches Innovative New Shooting Rest – “The new Lead Sled 3 shooting rest securely holds a firearm on target, and reduces felt recoil by up to 95% when compared to shooting without the rest. The innovative skeletonized front rest, with non-marring surfaces, securely holds a variety of firearms in place without damaging the firearm’s finish. The improved rear buttstock cradle featuresa top of the line recoil reducing pad and a non-marring cradle to keep the firearm in place. The Lead Sled 3 also features a “no wobble” elevation ram to easily stay on target.”

Only certain people can handle the responsibility that comes with firearms . .Former Fairfield police janitor sentenced to prison for selling guns from evidence room – “‘Roy Hunter was stealing guns from a police department and then selling them to persons who could not legally buy a firearm,’ Posey said. ‘ATF and the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency stopped that illegal flow of guns back onto the streets. Our community is safer because of their work and this prosecution.’ Hunter was federally indicted on July 26, 2016, and arrested the following month. His first arrest happened in July 2015, when he was charged with smuggling guns out the Fairfield Police Department’s evidence room and then selling them out of his home. At the time, he was a janitor at the department.”

DoubleStar Debuts the Oops! Replacement Kit –  DoubleStar Corp, manufacturers of high-quality, US-made AR components, rifles and pistols, debuts the Oops! Replacement Kit. This popular repair kit includes the most commonly lost or worn springs and detents in the AR15 platform and is a vital component of every AR15 owner’s tool kit.

Looks like there are exceptions to the Trump Slump . . . Rifle maker expands operation – “A maker of AR-15 and AR-10 rifles, parts and accessories in the area has expanded. Jenison-based Next Level Armament said it added 6,000 square feet to its 24,000-square-foot facility. Next Level Armament, along with Next Level Manufacturing, has a product line with both forged and machined billet receivers and complete rifles in calibers such as 5.56 x 45, .308 Win and .450 Bushmaster, the latter ‘a favorite among today’s Michigan deer hunters.’”

Baby steps . . . Lawmakers trade fire during gun bill debate – “Concerns over a proposal to allow concealed weapons at schools that are used for religious services prompted a heated exchange Wednesday between two House members. Guns are prohibited on school grounds unless they are secured in a locked vehicle, but House Bill 174 aims to carve out an exception for ‘educational property [that] is the location of both a school and a building that is a place of religious worship.’ Sponsor Rep. Rena Turner, R-Iredell, (above) said the measure would let concealed carry permit holders take their guns with them to religious services if it was ‘outside the operating hours of the school’ and a representative of the educational property gave them prior authorization.”

Lightbulbs, balloons and Coke cans don’t stop bullets. So now you know.


  1. avatar Walter, NOT The Dude says:

    “Gun experiment”…


    Is this Euro gun porn¿!

  2. avatar ATTAGReader says:

    Nice melody in that song. I think I have heard it on satellite radio. Pointless lyrics.

  3. avatar former water walker says:

    Aw c’mon…the janitor needed to “supplement” his income. Dopey move. How many primo guns disappear from leo hands?!?

    1. avatar BLoving says:

      Hmm. Lessee here… one, two, THREE Raven .25s. A Ruger single action – probably a Single-Six. A Ruger KP85 I think. A Smith 5906. What looks like the muzzle of a Smith 686 on the right. A Davis derringer and a couple of revolvers I can’t identify bit I think the 4″ one is a Rossi possibly? Anyone else?

  4. avatar Gov. William J Le Petomane says:

    I once shook up a beer can and set it out 10 or 15 yards and shot it with a 3″ 12ga slug. Flat as a dinner plate.

    I miss that beer.

  5. avatar Geoff PR says:

    What was that 4mm ammo?

    1. avatar DrewR says:

      They appear to be 4mm Flobert. More or loss like crimping a bb in a 22 blank.

  6. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

    She’s playing the guitar backwards. What did you expect?

    1. avatar Geoff PR says:

      Jimi played the git-tar backwards.

      (Granted, he had talent…)

    2. avatar tmm says:

      Appears left handed in the video, although another possibility is that video is flipped. I checked out the youtube channel and most thumbnails show her holding the guitar right-handed, so I’m guessing flipped video. Either way, pick guard and cut-out are on the bottom (proper position) and whichever way she’s playing, the guitar matches.

      Incidentally, Geoff, Jimi played a right-handed guitar left-handed, strings and all.

  7. avatar Southern Cross says:

    What’s the bet the bureaucracy created to administer and collect the guns and ammo tax exceeded the revenue collected from the tax.

    But no one will admit failure “For the children!”

    1. avatar Eric Lawrence says:

      To them, that’s a feature…not a bug.

      1. avatar LarryinTX says:

        Finding a way to force PotG to pay a portion of the costs for expanded useless government? I would guess so! A great victory!!

  8. avatar Hannibal says:

    Maybe the evidence room and armory should be cleaned under supervision.

    1. avatar BobProg says:

      Exactly. Think of how many cases were thrown out because of tainted evidence. Even if not tainted, the fact that this janitor had access to the evidence room could be used by a defense attorney to imply reasonable doubt to a jury.

    2. avatar Curtis in IL says:

      True enough.
      And maybe they shouldn’t hire janitors with a history of drug trafficking. “Hunter is a convicted felon who spent time in federal prison on racketeering charges connected to a drug trafficking operation in 1984…”

  9. avatar ORCON says:

    “Lightbulbs, balloons and Coke cans don’t stop bullets. So now you know.”

    Nuff said.

    1. avatar Big Bill says:

      My body armor based on a triple layer of Diet Coke cans isn’t going to do the trick?
      Whew! With summer coming up, I’ll be happy to dump that weight.
      Shame the light bulbs don’t work either. The lighter weight would have been nice.

      1. avatar LarryinTX says:

        I wouldn’t be too concerned, I saw no evaluation of *DIET* Coke cans.

        1. avatar Big Bill says:

          “I wouldn’t be too concerned, I saw no evaluation of *DIET* Coke cans.”

          But Diet Coke cans are lighter because they have less sugar.
          Actually less dense, but that’s worse.

  10. avatar Steve says:

    15 Taxpayers … Try maybe $200 dollars in tax in a year excluding a bump for huge volume or large dollar amount purchases.

    1. avatar rick3 says:

      Right? I thought the same thing…with only 15 taxpayers, how could it be in the hundreds of thousands of dollars? I live in Seattle, and everyone I know goes outside the city to purchase guns and ammo since that stupid tax was imposed. Lynnwood, Belluvue,..all kinds of places just a few minutes outside Seattle city limits, and you don’t pay that stupid tax.

  11. avatar jwm says:

    Don’t mess with the mop jockey. He’s got keys to everything and is usually in the building when most folks are gone for the day.

  12. avatar kap says:

    Sig Heil! Der Great Seattle snow Job’s cover is melting on the fringes, City council members will now have to put that money back into the General fund after putting supposed amount in back pockets! Gee; they’ll just ask the Blooming Dickey Fool to provide for the lack off funds, Der Fuhrer, and Reichstag hath spoken ( Mayor and City Council)!
    Guess the Serf’s are in rebellion, seem the twisted sisters read the star’s wrong when they thought that every Gun owner was going to jump on the band wagon! Who said the Democrats weren’t new job creators { Ammo smuggler}!

  13. avatar Docduracoat says:

    Why is everybody commenting about the amount of money raised by this tax ?
    It is plain that the point of this is to drive the Seattle gun stores out of business
    They can’t legally just zone them away so they pass this tax
    The customers go to stores outside the city limits to avoid the tax
    The few stores inside the city limits will soon be out of business
    The amount of tax collected will eventually be zero which is just the way the city fathers want it

  14. avatar Mark Kelly's Diapered Drooling Ventriloquist's Dummy says:

    “……… the firearms and ammunition tax payments received by the City were less than $200,000”

    Who wants to bet the total tax collected on firearms and ammunition in Seattle is less than $10,000 hell $1,000?

    The Communist dominated city council only wanted this tax to hamper law-abiding citizens in their quest to purchase firearms and ammo locally and to drive firearms dealers out of business. Hopefully small gun retailers move just outside the city’s borders and retain their customers thus screwing the city out of every penny.

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