More than a dozen state host special tax free shopping days during the back to school season, so families can sve a little while stocking up on things like pencils, notebooks, and computers. Now some states want to expand the options far beyond school supplies, with measures that could waive the usual sales tax on guns, ammunition, and hunting equipment.
In mid-January, Arkansas State Sen. Bart Hester introduced a bill creating a “Second Amendment Appreciation Weekend” every September, when the 6.5% sales tax would be waived from firearm and ammo purchases. A similar bill was introduced about the same time in Texas, which if approved would make gun and hunting supply sales tax free one weekend every August. Yet another bill put on the table this week in Tennessee would exempt guns and ammunition from sales tax on the first weekend of every September.
Tax free weekends for guns have already become a reality in two states. Mississippi and Louisiana hosted Second Amendment themed tax free weekends in late August 2016, and they’re expected to be annual events. Lawmakers in Texas introduced their tax free bills partly because gun sellers said they were losing sales to customers heading across the border into Louisiana for tax free gun shopping The timing of tax free gun sales weekends has nothing to do with back to school season. Instead, its hunting season that provides the rationale. “September is the beginning of hunting season, and typically, hunting stores start getting their inventory in AUgust,” the owner of one Louisiana sporting goods store owner explained.
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