Gun clubs say state overtaxes skeet shooting


OLYMPIA — Nonprofit gun clubs say they want the state to stop double-taxing them for the targets that skeet shooters use.

A club pays a sales tax when it buys the clay pigeons in bulk, and it is required to charge target shooters another tax for each target used in a session.

They’re being taxed twice for the same clay pigeon, said state Sen. Ann Rivers, R-La Center, who proposed a bill to give nonprofit clubs an exemption from the taxes.

Sen. Rodney Tom, D-Medina, asked, couldn’t golfers make the same complaint about balls at the golf course?

The clubs could raise their fees to cover the taxes, Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Wells, D-Seattle, suggested.

Total cost to the state of granting the tax exemption is estimated at $29,000, the Senate Ways and Means Committee staff said.

— The Spokesman-Review