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US state offers tax-free guns for all

US state offers tax-free guns for all

A U.S. state is offering an unusual perk to shoppers: no sales tax on handguns, rifles and shotguns.
The temporary tax exemption comes thanks to a little-debated amendment legislators tacked on this summer to a tax break for energy-efficient appliances.
While the energy-efficiency measure doesn't go into effect until next year, on Friday and Saturday gun buyers won't have to pay state and local sales taxes that can total 8 percent. Taxes still apply to ammunition and accessories.
"We are a gun-owning-tradition state, a hunting-tradition state," said Republican state Rep. Mike Pitts, a retired police officer who introduced the proposal and has promoted other pro-gun legislation.
"Quite often people will buy their pop or grandpop a shotgun or rifle to hunt with for Christmas," he said in an interview by cell phone while out hunting.
Legislators approved the holiday in June over the objection of Republican Gov. Mark Sanford, also an avid hunter and gun supporter. He called it a stunt that only affects the timing of a gun purchase, without effectively promoting gun ownership or demand.
Pitts said he wanted to make a political statement as the U.S. Supreme Court considered the right to have guns for self-defense in the home. The justices' decision to strike down the District of Columbia's 32-year ban on handguns came in late June, one day after the South Carolina legislators overrode Sanford's veto.
He picked Friday to start the tax holiday both because it's one of the year's busiest shopping weekends, and this week opens hunting season for several species, including ducks.
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Updated : 2021-10-21 14:29 GMT+08:00