House Considers Sales Tax Holiday for Guns, Hunting

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Jackson, Miss.
Mississippians could be able to buy guns, bullets, all-terrain vehicles and boats without paying sales taxes under a proposal moving forward in the House.

The Second Amendment Sales Tax Holiday would take place on the first Saturday and Sunday of September under House Bill 1539, which was passed Tuesday by the House Ways and Means Committee.

The bill exempts not only guns, ammunition and archery supplies, but also hunting supplies including shoes, bags, knives, tree stands, all-terrain vehicles and boats. Customers could also put items on layaway, still getting the tax break when they buy them later.

Louisiana and South Carolina have similar sales-tax holidays.

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Jeff Smith, a Columbus Republican, estimates the state would give up $600,000 in revenue, based on Louisiana's experience.