While Seattle leaders earned some criticism last year after approving a $25 per firearm excise tax, lawmakers in the U.S. territory of the Northern Mariana Islands have just passed a tax 40 times that amount.
According to recent reports, the territory previously enforced a decades-old handgun ban that was struck down by a U.S. District Court judge late last month. Gov. Ralph Torres explained that the prohibitively high tax is meant to keep gun ownership low.
“It’s something none of us want,” he asserted, “and we want to make it as strict as possible.”