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Texas legislator proposes tax holiday on gun stuff

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http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/02/27/3256402/texas-lawmaker-wants-tax-holiday.html
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Texans love their independence -- and their guns.

State Rep. Jeff Leach, R-Plano, is proposing to give Texans more of both.

Leach has filed the "Texas Gun Ownership Reinforcement Act," a bill to create a new tax-free holiday where consumers won't be charged taxes on guns, ammunition or hunting supplies one day out of the year:

Texas Independence Day, March 2.

"Texas must take the lead in the fight against the federal government's attempts to infringe on our Second Amendment rights," Leach said, adding that this bill gives "law-abiding citizens, hunters and sportsmen the opportunity to save money on firearm and hunting equipment, benefiting Texas taxpayers and small business owners and spurring economic growth.

"As we fight against the federal government's overreach, there is no more appropriate day to instate this tax-free holiday than on Texas Independence Day."

Gun control advocate Marsha McCartney said the bill is a bad idea.

"I sometimes wonder if they just sit around late at night and try to think of some crazy bill when they have such important work to do," said McCartney, a spokeswoman for the Texas chapter of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. "Maybe someone said, 'Hey, Texas has so much money, let's give these people a tax break.'"

Leach's proposal comes as members of Congress are working to address President Barack Obama's call for the country's most aggressive gun control proposal in decades. The plan, developed in the wake of the mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school in December, includes requiring background checks on all gun purchases, banning assault weapons and limiting ammunition magazines to 10 rounds.

Leach's bill -- which has drawn several co-authors, including Republican state Reps. Phil King of Weatherford and Jonathan Stickland of Bedford -- creates a definite contrast between Congress and the Texas Legislature.

Leach's bill would make certain items exempt from taxes on March 2, including shotguns, rifles, pistols, revolvers, gun cleaning supplies, gun cases, gun safes, ammunition, archery equipment, hunting stands, blinds and decoys.

Other states have similar programs in place.

Louisiana, for instance, has had a Second Amendment Sales Tax Holiday weekend in September each year since 2010 that exempts firearms and related items from sales tax. That weekend costs the Pelican State around $600,000 a year, estimates show.

"Many hunters and other gun owners, along with owners of businesses which cater to these individuals, are sure to appreciate the legislation, even if its chances of passage are remote," said Mark P. Jones, a political science professor at Rice University in Houston. "Holding the tax-free holiday on Texas Independence Day underscores the linkage between Second Amendment rights and the ability of citizens to protect themselves from tyranny."

Jones said he doesn't believe the bill, which he describes as "symbolic," as having much of a chance of passing, especially at a time when state lawmakers are trying to stretch every penny as far as they can.

But supporters say the time is right to push the bill.

"What better way to express Texas's stand for constitutional principles than to recognize Texas Independence Day as a tax-free holiday for the very tools of self-defense the Constitution guarantees us," said King, one of the co-authors.

The bill, which has been referred to the House Ways & Means Committee, has drawn support from the National Rifle Association.

Allan Saxe, an associate political science professor at the University of Texas in Arlington, believes the bill might survive.

"The bill may have a chance to pass, but some revenue, of course, would be lost," he said. "The message the bill sends is 'We are a gun state and aim to stay that way.'

"Frankly, this bill is as good as the tax holiday for school supplies," Saxe said. "But it could open up a lot of other legislation favoring various interests."
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  • samzheresamzhere Banned Posts: 10,923 Senior Member
    I like the idea, putting it on Texas Independence day, and also like the statement "We are a gun state and aim (ha ha) to stay that way."

    It might pass, too. The Obama regime hates Texas anyway and this would be a good slap in the face to them. The strongly Republican Tx legislature may enjoy sending a message.
  • SirGeorgeKillianSirGeorgeKillian Senior Member Posts: 5,463 Senior Member
    We have been doing that in SC for years. It started as a weekend tax break for "school supplies". Then there was a separate one for guns. See, here in SC we believe in arming folks!

    USA USA USA USA!
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  • bisleybisley Senior Member Posts: 10,798 Senior Member
    If the last gun show I attempted to attend is any indicator, it would be a huge retail day.
  • Make_My_DayMake_My_Day Senior Member Posts: 7,797 Senior Member
    Wish they would do it in Florida...I might even buy another gun.
    JOE MCCARTHY WAS RIGHT:
    THE DEMOCRATS ARE THE NEW COMMUNISTS!
  • Make_My_DayMake_My_Day Senior Member Posts: 7,797 Senior Member
    We have been doing that in SC for years. It started as a weekend tax break for "school supplies". Then there was a separate one for guns. See, here in SC we believe in arming folks!

    USA USA USA USA!
    Can out of state residents buy without the tax?
    JOE MCCARTHY WAS RIGHT:
    THE DEMOCRATS ARE THE NEW COMMUNISTS!
  • Make_My_DayMake_My_Day Senior Member Posts: 7,797 Senior Member
    samzhere wrote: »
    .......The Obama regime hates Texas anyway and this would be a good slap in the face to them. The strongly Republican Tx legislature may enjoy sending a message.
    I wish they could literally slap them in the face....you know, a REAL hard [female dog in heat] slap!!
    JOE MCCARTHY WAS RIGHT:
    THE DEMOCRATS ARE THE NEW COMMUNISTS!
  • NNNN Senior Member Posts: 24,862 Senior Member
    Nice, if there is anything to buy.
  • SirGeorgeKillianSirGeorgeKillian Senior Member Posts: 5,463 Senior Member
    Can out of state residents buy without the tax?

    As far as I know yes.
    Unless life also hands you water and sugar, your lemonade is gonna suck!
    Wambli Ska wrote: »
    I'm in love with a Glock
  • Make_My_DayMake_My_Day Senior Member Posts: 7,797 Senior Member
    As far as I know yes.
    Maybe I should have clarified this question....can you buy in person from the local LGS and bring it back to Florida, not through the internet? If so, maybe next time I see ya we can visit your favorite LGS.
    JOE MCCARTHY WAS RIGHT:
    THE DEMOCRATS ARE THE NEW COMMUNISTS!
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