A duo of Tennessee legislators are looking for a way to ease the financial burden on hunters and gun owners that have seen the price of firearms and ammunition rise. State senator Frank Nicely, R-Strawberry Plains, and state representative Kelly Keisling, R-Byrdstown, are proposing to do this by enacting a weekend long tax holiday on the sale of firearms and ammunition.
Obviously, the proposed “gun tax holiday” is welcome news for hunters and liberty lovers in Tennessee. But the people of Tennessee will find themselves in an envious position if this bill becomes a law. While other states propose increases to tax rates on guns and ammo, Tennesseans have the unique pleasure of possibly encountering a sales tax holiday! Heck, I can’t even remember the last time I wrote about a state proposing legislation that would make any good or service, let alone firearms, less expensive by removing or reducing taxes. In fact, normally my articles cover newly proposed taxes or the escalation of old tax rates, as a means to fund increased government spending. A few weeks ago in an installment of The Morning Roar we covered a story out of Missouri where a lawmaker proposed an increase in taxes on firearms in order to pay for body cameras on police officers.
WRCB TV in Chattanooga reports on the proposed “Second Amendment sales tax holiday”:
Niceley said SB206, modeled after similar laws in Mississippi and Louisiana, would “give hunters a little bit of a break” at a time when ammunition prices “have gone up outrageously” and with an increase in the cost of hunting and fishing licenses approved by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Commission taking effect later this year.
The bill declares that firearms, archery equipment and “hunting supplies” can be purchased without state or local sales taxes on the first weekend in September of each year, starting in 2015. “Hunting supplies” is defined to include “archery equipment, firearm and archery cases, firearm and archery accessories, hearing protection, holsters, belts and slings” but not animals or vehicles.
So many politicians and bureaucrats from both sides of the aisle have become numb to the negative impacts associated with coercive taxation. Politicians look at taxation as a method to fund their pet projects and don’t give a second thought to the implications associated with artificially increasing the cost of a good or service.
It truly is a breath of fresh air to be able to write about a state representative and senator who are proposing legislation that would lessen the property confiscation prowess of a state government. Taxation is theft and it does have consequences, even if those consequences are not readily apparent when a good or service is sold. Any law that lessens the amount of tax dollars siphoned from the productive sectors into government coffers should be supported by liberty lovers, even if only for a weekend!
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