Mayor Ed Murray issued the following statement today after King County Superior Court upheld Seattle’s tax on firearms and ammunition sales to fund gun violence prevention efforts:
Guns now kill more people in the United States than automobiles. Our community will not stand by as so many in our city, particularly young people of color, continue to pay the highest price for inaction on gun violence at the national and state level. For too long, we have had insufficient research and data on gun violence to help guide our response. We will now have critical funding to advance our work on gun violence research and prevention.