Second Amendment Tax Holiday – Fighting For Your Rights & Your Wallet

Opinion By Larry Keane

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Second Amendment Tax Holiday – Fighting For Your Rights & Your Wallet

USA – -(AmmoLand.com)- Tax holidays are a common occurrence across many states in the U.S where, usually for one weekend a year, certain eligible products are exempt from sales tax.

The benefits of these holidays are two-fold, as business owners see a dramatic increase in sales throughout the holiday weekend while consumers can save hundreds on much-needed items. The most common tax holiday across participating states includes common back-to-school items such as computers, books, clothing, and other school supplies. As a result, the most common time for those tax holidays is in August, before the school year begins.

Second Amendment Tax Holiday

The beginning of fall signals not only the return of the school year but also the beginning of hunting season. To prepare for many hours to be spent hunting with a gun in a duck blind or a deer stand, hunters need to equip themselves with ammunition, various outdoor gear, and maybe even a new firearm. That is why some states have tried, are currently trying, or now have a Second Amendment tax holiday where people can purchase hunting supplies, ammunition, and firearms without the burden of sales tax. It’s reasonable to assume many hunters may spend somewhere around $500-$1,000 on supplies to start a hunting season so the opportunity to save $50-$70 (depending on the state) on those purchases translates to significant savings for many individuals and families.

Benefits for Consumers

Much like the Second Amendment itself is not just about hunting, neither is the Second Amendment tax holiday. Lowering the already significant tax burden on firearms and related products ensures that, for at least one weekend of the year, the right to exercise one’s right to bear arms is more affordable than ever. Individuals who are simply looking to protect their home and families or those who just want to enjoy time sport shooting but who once saw such activities as just outside their price range have unique opportunities to do so under a Second Amendment tax holiday.

Benefits for Firearms Industry

While tax holidays offer benefits to consumers, they can also provide dramatic revenue spikes to firearms retailers. For example in South Carolina, the first state to implement a Second Amendment tax holiday in 2008, gun sales increased by 650% in a single day. While South Carolina no longer has their tax holiday, Mississippi has enjoyed a Second Amendment tax holiday each year since implementation in 2014. In 2018, one local firearms retailer said that the holiday “gets bigger and bigger every year. Right now, we’re selling a firearm about every 1.2 minutes.”

Breakdown by State

The benefits for consumers and retailers speak for themselves, which is why there are many states who are currently trying or have recently tried to implement such tax holidays in their respective state legislatures. In the past six years, Texas, Tennessee, Alabama, and Maryland have all tried to implement the tax holidays but failed to pass them through state legislatures despite strong proponents. As the firearm industry’s association, NSSF is on the front lines of state advocacy so that more states can enjoy the numerous benefits of the Second Amendment tax holidays. In states like Texas, where there is another bill under consideration that would establish a tax holiday, NSSF is committed to fighting for the benefits these holidays provide for retailers and citizens alike.

In 2018, as the Tennessee state legislature again tried to pass a Second Amendment tax holiday into law, state House Rep. Micah Van Huss said that he fully agreed with the idea as “some people are able to feed their families by hunting deer, and hogs which can be hunted year-round, but also, celebrating the Second Amendment is a primary reason we are a free nation. I think it’s a great idea.” State Senator Rusty Crowe also supported last year’s legislation because “many who struggle financially are living or working in high crime areas, and for many, the investment in a firearm would be a challenge financially (but) this legislation could allow citizens to better afford protection.”

While the fight for this tax holiday is still being fought now in states like Tennessee and Texas, it should be an idea taken seriously across all states so that citizens may have an opportunity to affordably exercise their Second Amendment rights while supporting local firearms businesses.


National Shooting Sports FoundationAbout NSSF

The National Shooting Sports Foundation is the trade association for the firearms industry. Its mission is to promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports. Formed in 1961, NSSF has a membership of thousands of manufacturers, distributors, firearms retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen’s organizations and publishers nationwide. For more information, visit nssf.org.

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OCH WILL
OCH WILL
2 years ago

Americanx have more guns per capita than any nation on earth. We also have the worst per capita gun violence rate in the developed world. Gun safety laws work. Guns everywhere is not an answer to gun violence. Its the cause. When used as intended guns kill and maim. ViolencEPOLICY.ORG, EVERYTOWNFORGUNSAFETY

Pete
Pete
2 years ago

Wow If congress and any political association were serious about gun violence they would make the laws tougher on criminals who commit violence with guns. Leave the legal gun owners out of this.

Dan
Dan
2 years ago

KEEP UP THE FIGHT……NRA

Rusty Patterson
Rusty Patterson
2 years ago

For you little commie fucks that want them…well were here come and take them.
LIBERTY OR DEATH |||%

Andre in WA
Andre in WA
2 years ago

I want to encourage all states to pass this and tax free safe storage. Encourage safe storage of firearms with safes, gun lockers, and gun locks by making them tax exempt year-round.

ochwill
ochwill
2 years ago

RUSTY. A threat of violence and a hate post?? Impressive. Hows the weather in Moscow?

Phil in TX
Phil in TX
2 years ago

I have and will support this in Texas! Being retired on a fixed income makes the 8.25% sales tax savings pretty significant.

Phil in TX

och will
och will
2 years ago

More fake patriotism from AmmoLand in a nation that has more guns per capita than any nation on earth as well as the highest per capita gun violence rate in the developed world. Guns everywhere is not the answer, it’s the problem. And the NRA has worked hard for decades to keep gun sales up by marketing fear, threats and fake patriotism in order to help it’s true patrons in the gun industry sell more guns and ammo despite the worsening death and maiming toll in America. Gun safety laws work. Responsible gun owners embrace gun safety. Selling firearms designed… Read more »

JOSEPH DIFRANCESCO
JOSEPH DIFRANCESCO
2 years ago
Reply to  och will

Your full of shit dumb ass

och will
och will
2 years ago

I can see you’ve done your homework. Impressive. Sorry that your convicted gun trafficker president lost his job at the NRA. Perhaps the Grand Dragon of the KK can take over. In case you get tired of being stupid here are some sites that will help you understand America’s gun violence epidemic and the NRAs gun sales efforts . we have the most guns per capita of any nation on earth Einstein. And the most gun deaths per capita. See a correlation Adolf? Gun safety laws work. Responsible gun owners embrace gun safety. Gun violence is not inevitable. ViolencdePolicy.org, EverytownForGunSafety,… Read more »

m.
m.
2 years ago
Reply to  och will

if you are a marine, i am the pope

Peter Jones
Peter Jones
2 years ago
Reply to  och will

You are a true liberal moron.

Colin kinchen
Colin kinchen
2 years ago
Reply to  Peter Jones

sounded like my female cousin whom I spoke with last night on the telephone we started to talk about this and I knew right then not to go any further because of her liberal stupid views example why do you need it I replied because there may be somebody trying to hurt me like duh my biggest fear is the government

Drowning-im
Drowning-im
2 years ago
Reply to  och will

Och will, get your facts straight, before you spout off…. Oh wait you didn’t even make a specific point about a problem.. what is your problem exactly?

tomcat
tomcat
2 years ago
Reply to  och will

I went right past the name on this post until after I read it and I knew who it was from without seeing the name. The anti gun perp that says he was a Major in the Marines. You are beating a dead horse because no one is going to listen to your lies. Go look this up in the dictionary, you have no credibility.

Martin Zuniga
Martin Zuniga
2 years ago
Reply to  och will

Ha ha ha!!!! All I hear is wahh wahh wahh!!! You seem to be a pretty sharp tack by observing that guns are designed to kill people. What? Sid you think they were fishing rods or boat anchors? Stop it you brainwash asshole! Thankfully our constitution isn’t in hands of pussy communist like you or you would roll over on your people for a lettuce rollup! Our nation is the only country with a constitution that guarantees our rights because there’s people that fight and pay the ultimate price so pant waste assholes like you can voice your opinion. Therefore… Read more »

Country Boy
Country Boy
2 years ago
Reply to  och will

More incorrect gun info and anti gun lies from a liberal socialistprogressive marxist anti gun democrat who trolls gun forums. We don’t have a gun problem, we have a CRIME problem and courts/judges that do not levy proper sentences, often turning the convicted VIOLENT criminal right back on the streets.Sometimes in less than 24hrs.
Hey, look, if you don’t like guns, fine, no one’s forcing you to buy one.
But if you don’t like our US Constitution and Bill of Rights, move to a country that does not have them.

Austin
Austin
2 years ago
Reply to  Country Boy

I agree. The right to bear arms is in our bill of rights and should not be infringed upon.If we didn’t have guns in the first place then we would still be part of England.

John Galt
John Galt
2 years ago

Buy from private parties.

Let EVERY DAY be a theft holiday.

Robert Bowersock
Robert Bowersock
2 years ago

Awesome idea

P
P
2 years ago

You terrorist support groups are disgusting hate mongers. The 2nd amendment says the rights of gun owners shall not be abridged IN A WELL REGULATED STATE MILITIA, not that everybody in America has a right to own a gun or all the guns they want of any type or kind. Gun ownershio is NOT a right, but a PRIVILEGE, a privilege which is and has been sorely misused by gun owners who shoot and kill others.

Tim
Tim
2 years ago
Reply to  P

Your right to talk has been removed please be quiet now

Austin
Austin
2 years ago
Reply to  Tim

That’s a constitutional 1st amendment right: The freedom of speech. He can say what he wants about his opinion on guns and how he supports the 2nd amendment. Rights can’t be taken away so he can talk if he wants and you can’t do anything about it. Please note that I’m also a 2nd amendment supporter.

Hyug
Hyug
2 years ago
Reply to  P

True fucktard aren’t you?

Witold Pilecki
Witold Pilecki
2 years ago
Reply to  P

That is one of the most incomprehensible bastardized versions of The Second Amendment I have ever seen. The Second Amendment, one of the original 10 Bill of Rights actually reads: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” 27 simple words that you twist to fit the agenda of the gun-grabbing Hoplophobe. They were written to be understood by anyone, but they are twisted by legislators, activist judges, and a media that spews propaganda to be as complex as a moon… Read more »

George
George
2 years ago
Reply to  Witold Pilecki

Probably the best penned response to the typically worst informed, ignorant of the facts,
and mean spirited lashings-out about firearm owners first, and secondly, firearms in America.
Keeping your response for future reference.
And teaching my children. Thank you.

Racer x
Racer x
2 years ago
Reply to  Witold Pilecki

Right on Mr pilecki

Ray Hege
Ray Hege
2 years ago
Reply to  Witold Pilecki

Amen shall Not be Infringed

Jimmy cheu
Jimmy cheu
2 years ago
Reply to  P

Hey Dumb Shit it’s not a privilege it’s a right!!! It’s our 2nd Amendment in the Constitution! And if you did no the first 10 Amendments are our bill of RIGHTS!!! So your wrong. Go drink you caramel latte Frappuccino with sprinkles on it from Starbucks along with your avocado toast. And live your liberal Progressive life. Oh yeah don’t get mad when someone comes and assaults you or steals your job In the end the people with the guns will win!!!

m.
m.
2 years ago
Reply to  P

BIOOYMFA

Martin D Zuniga
Martin D Zuniga
2 years ago
Reply to  P

Wow! Where did you get your constitutional rights information from? A George Sorros pamphlet??? Lol YES THE SECOND AMENDMENT IS A GUARANTEED RIGHT NOT PRIVILEGE AND IT SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED. Regardless of the nonsense you regurgitate, your spineless comment mean NOTHING TO A FREE COUNTRY. If you don’t like it then leave to China……GO ON!! GITTTT!!!!

jastpeel
jastpeel
2 years ago
Reply to  P

Where to begin … They say you can’t fix stupid; but let’s give it a shot. FROM YOUR POST: “The 2nd amendment says the rights of gun owners shall not be abridged IN A WELL REGULATED STATE MILITIA, not that everybody in America has a right to own a gun or all the guns they want of any type or kind. Gun ownershio is NOT a right, but a PRIVILEGE, a privilege which is and has been sorely misused by gun owners who shoot and kill others.” Your ignorance of the case in Heller v DC is palpable. https://www.law.cornell.edu/supct/html/07-290.ZS.html FROM… Read more »

Country Boy
Country Boy
2 years ago
Reply to  P

2nd Amendment: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

You need to look up the word MILITIA in the dictionary dumbass. here let me help you with that , antigun liberal socialist progressive marxist democrat.

Militia: a military force that is raised from the civilian population to supplement a regular army in an emergency.

Chris
Chris
2 years ago
Reply to  P

It is also important to remember that the second amendment niether grants nor does it create ANY rights. It is a stament of restriction. Not of the people, bjt of the government. It recognizes the natural (free) state of mankind, and everyones right to live in that state. Therefore it states the government will take no action to deny citizens the tools to maintain and defend that state. The right to defend one self and posess the tool to do so is a right of birth. No more would one regulate the horns of a deer or the claws of… Read more »