As President of the City Council, Tim has provided effective leadership to get good things done. He ...
Burgess has demonstrated effectiveness and leadership, especially in his work to overhaul the Seattle Police Department." —July 8, 2015
Seattle — Council President Tim Burgess proposed two pieces of legislation as part of the City’s latest effort to improve gun safety in Seattle.
The first bill would establish a gun violence tax on the sellers of firearms and ammunition in Seattle. The revenue proceeds from the gun violence tax would be dedicated to prevention programs and research intended to reduce the burden of gun violence on Seattle residents and neighborhoods.
The second bill would require mandatory reporting of lost or stolen firearms to the Seattle Police Department. Mandatory reporting requirements promote gun safety by enabling law enforcement to better track guns used in crimes, return lost guns to their rightful owners, and protect gun owners from being falsely implicated in crimes committed with stolen guns.