Some of our state legislative leaders, including one from the district I was recently forced into, have submitted a bill that would create an exemption to retail sales tax for all firearms and ammunition. If there's anything the State of Washington is in dire need of, it is tax free guns 'n' ammo.
The legislature recognizes that the people of Washington state have reserved to themselves the individual right to bear arms in Article I, section 24 of the state Constitution, which reads, "The right of the individual citizen to bear arms in defense of himself, or the state, shall not be impaired . . . ."
There is another provision in the state Constitution.
SECTION 7 INVASION OF PRIVATE AFFAIRS OR HOME PROHIBITED. No person shall be disturbed in his private affairs, or his home invaded, without authority of law.
standing in front of Amy Biviano's house when they were running against each other in 2012. Just saying.
So what's with the title of this post? Well the bill proposes to modify RCW Section 82.08.808, which is titled "Exemptions — Sales of medical supplies, chemicals, or materials to comprehensive cancer centers." If you check out Section 82.08, you will find an abundance of exemptions. I can't begin to guess why they joined firearms with supplies being sold to comprehensive cancer centers instead of carving out a section just for firearms and ammunition or adding it to the sale of gun safes exemption.
But maybe Matt Shea and the other sponsors know something we don't know about cancer centers.