In Texas, as it stands, there are two categories of products that are available for sale without tax every year: school supplies and energy-efficient appliances. Texas legislators have set the wheels in motion for a new tax free holiday where Texans can get items free of sales tax and it’s the most “Texas” suggestion there could be. Sen. Brandon Creighton, R-Conroe has introduced Senate Bill 228, which calls for an annual weekend where guns, ammunition and hunting products can be bought tax free, during the last week in August.
The last week of August is strategic timing for the creator of this bill. Creighton is aiming for this “Second Amendment Tax Holiday Weekend” to fall one week ahead of the Texas hunting season. The dates are also to compete with Louisiana gun sellers who offer a similar holiday a week after that usually draws a good number of Texas gun owners (according to the National Rifle Association, Mississippi and South Carolina have similar holidays, as well).
While hunters and lovers of guns will appreciate such a day, it will lose the state of Texas some money in tax revenue. The Legislative Budget Board predicts that the state will lose $3.6 million. However, the politicians are all for it, seemingly. The bill is now headed to the House after being approved by the Senate 21-10. In a statement, Tara Mica, state liaison for the NRA Institute for Legislative Action said, “This bill supports lawful gun ownership and encourages Texas sportsmen and their families to spend their money here at home.”
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