Texas Lawmaker Proposes Tax-Free Days For Firearm, Ammo Purchases

Texas state representative Chris Paddie (R-Marshall) is proposing two new tax holidays for the Lone Star State–one to coincide with the beginning of dove season and another to coincide with the beginning of deer season.

Both holidays would allow hunters to purchase firearms, ammunition, and hunting supplies tax-free.

According to the Star-Telegram, Paddie said his bill “recognizes that hunting is time-honored tradition in Texas and looks to give tax relief to the sportsmen and women who continue one of our most cherished pastimes.” He said the two new tax-free holidays would encourage more people to hunt via the lower prices, and that in turn would mean “further economic opportunity in many rural areas that offer world-renowned hunting.”

Marsha McCartney–president of the Brady Campaign to Stop Gun Violence Texas chapters–said Paddie’s idea is not “fair.” She said “one group” ought not be singled out for tax breaks, rather, everybody should get one.

Texas currently has a tax-free weekend prior to the start of school to allow parents buy “back-to-school clothes for their children” without the added tax expense.

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