Welcome to South Carolina where the Second Amendment is still seen as being just as important as the First.
The people of South Carolina will not have to pay taxes on guns this holiday weekend. The State legisature added this measure onto a bill that would also include energy efficent items on the Tax-Holliday. "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."
South Carolina is the only state offering any kind of tax break to shoppers over Thanksgiving weekend, said Joe Henchman, counsel for the Washington-based Tax Foundation, a nonpartisan tax research group. Henchman is against tax hollidays.
If you think Pitts is using this tax holliday to make some sort of political point you would be right. "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."
"The National Rifle Association said no other states are considering a tax-free holiday on gun sales, though the group believes they should."
"Everyone is faced with tough times, and we believe, in addition to helping hunters and shooting sports enthusiasts, this will also help the local economy and merchants," said NRA spokesman Andrew Arulanandam. "This shows South Carolina cares about America's hunting heritage, cares about law-abiding gun owners, and other states should follow suit."
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