A few Republicans in the state House are looking to create more gun-making jobs in Washington state, while also increasing the amount of gun products available here.
A bill introduced today would encourage gun and ammunitions manufacturers to come to Washington by exempting them from business and occupation taxes, as well as property taxes and business licensing fees.
Ammunitions and firearms producers would be eligible for the tax breaks as long as they sell some of their gun parts or gun accessories in Washington, rather than shipping them all out of state.
Jerry Cornfield of the Everett Herald notes that the bill's intent is laid out plainly in its opening paragraphs.
"The legislature finds that both the right to bear arms and the safety and well-being of law-abiding citizens who possess firearms are at serious risk if the people cannot obtain ammunition for their firearms," the bill reads.
"A reliable, adequate, and ongoing source of ammunition is an indivisible and essential part of the right to bear arms. The people of Washington state who need small arms ammunition are almost completely dependent upon a very limited number of manufacturers of smokeless propellant, small arms primers, cartridge cases, and small arms ammunition that are located in other states."