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Gun store: Stop selling firearms to City of Seattle

Jun 28, 2016, 3:54 PM | Updated: 4:07 pm
Sergey Solyanik formerly had a gun store on Aurora Avenue in Seattle. The store, Precise Shooter, m...
Sergey Solyanik formerly had a gun store on Aurora Avenue in Seattle. The store, Precise Shooter, moved to Lynnwood after the city started to tax firearms and ammo. (AP)
(AP)

A Puget Sound area gun store is calling for firearm manufacturers to cease business with the City of Seattle.

In an open letter to dealers, wholesalers and manufacturers of firearms and ammunition, Precise Shooter of Lynnwood is firing another shot at Seattle and its approach to firearms issues. The store is essentially asking for a boycott. It wants businesses to stop supplying the City of Seattle with guns and ammo.

Related: City of Seattle keeping quiet on how much it collected from first gun taxes

The store writes on its blog:

You will not lose much money, in the short term your customers will repay you manyfold for standing for their rights, and in the long term it helps preserve the job you love so much.

If Precise Shooter sounds familiar, that’s because the owner, Sergey Solayanik, has been very vocal about his opposition to Seattle’s attempt to ban guns from parks and the city’s latest tax on firearms and ammo.  He has moved his store out of town in protest.

The purpose of the boycott is to put pressure on the city to repeal the  guns and ammo tax that went into effect in January. Seattle’s two gun stores left town over the tax — including Precise Shooter. More recently, the city has decided to destroy all police service weapons when they cycle out of the department. Previously, the city sold them off. There was an effort to limit those sales of previously used police guns to other law enforcement agencies, but the council opted to destroy them.

Solayanik responded:

Seattle’s City Hall ‘innovations’ in gun control are very dangerous. Even though in the State of Washington we are protected by the state’s Preemption Clause, and eventually all their initiatives are bound to fail in court, there are other localities where gun owners – and gun dealers – might not be so lucky. And they are watching … But you know what? It turns out, City of Seattle needs us, the firearms industry, more than we need them. We can fight back.

The city’s move to destroy old guns is estimated to cost Seattle about $30,000 a year in lost revenue. Precise Shooter alleges the city buys about 50 guns each year to upgrade its arsenal. It admits it’s a small number of firearms, but hopes that the boycott will will make a point and put pressure on city officials to alter its firearms policies.

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Gun store: Stop selling firearms to City of Seattle