Thursday, August 24, 2017

Mississippi Sales Tax Holiday for Guns and Ammo Great Success



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Mississippi has to be counted as one of the most Second Amendment friendly states in the Union.  In 2016, Mississippi became the 9th "Constitutional Carry" state in the United States. Now there are 13 or 14 states where a non-felon can carry a firearm, openly or concealed, in most public places without a government permit.

But Mississippi has gone further. The state enacted a tax holiday in 2014 so that people can buy firearms, ammunition and hunting supplies without having to pay the states 7% sales tax. This year, in 2017, the tax holiday starts on 12:01 A.M. Friday, August 25th, and ends on 12:00 Midnight Sunday, August 27, 2017. That is nicely in time to stock up for the fall hunting season. From clarionledger.com:
The tax exemption this weekend applies to guns — including rifles, shotguns, pistols and revolvers — scopes and mounts, most archery equipment, ammunition and slings and gun cases. It does not apply to hunting clothing and shoes, binoculars, gun safes or hunting stands or blinds. (See entire list below).

Sarotte said there is sometimes a bit of confusion on what's exempt. For instance, as mentioned above, gun safes are not.
Here is a link to pdf file from the  Mississippi government site.

 The first year of the tax holiday for guns was applauded by a gun store owner:
Jeff Duncan with The Gun Exchange in Olive Branch said the first round was a huge success and he expects this year to be even better.

"The day that the sales tax weekend started it was like Black Friday all over again," Duncan said.
Louisiana also has a tax holiday to honor the Second Amendment.  Bills have been considered in Arkansas, Tennessee, and in Texas.

Second Amendment purists say that guns and ammunition should never be taxed, because taxation chills the exercise of Second Amendment rights. The Supreme Court has held that taxation aimed at a specific Constitutional right is not legitimate, but that general taxes that apply to all businesses are acceptable.

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2 comments:

John Dough said...

"The Supreme Court has held that taxation aimed at a specific Constitutional right is not legitimate..."

Might want to look at that Pittman-Robertson thing then.

Anonymous said...

The ruling actually states a right can not be taxed, licensed or require a permit. a state has no authority to turn a right into a privilege. there is a constitutional written statement that says a person from one state is entitled to all rights and privileges that any resident of another state is entitled to. What it means is if you have the right to carry in one state you have the right to carry in another state. therefore states can not require out of state carry permits. Your rights travel with you even across state lines. Put all of these individual rulings and constitutional writings together that makes the second amendment national reciprocity.