A proposal in the legislature could make your next gun purchase cheaper in Alabama. You've heard of sales tax holidays for severe weather and school supplies and now, a sales tax holiday is being proposed for weapons and ammunition purchases.
Republican Representative Becky Nordgren of Gadsden has filed legislation, House Bill 559, to create an annual state sales tax holiday for the purchase of guns, ammunition and firearm accessories.
"The reason why guns and ammo prices have skyrocketed is because of the threats from the Obama administration on gun control. And of course, in Alabama, we hold our 2nd Amendment rights very dear," Nordgren told WSFA Monday night during a phone interview from her home. "It would relieve some of those rising costs for the purchasers in our state. It fits in perfectly with the announcement about Remington Arms coming to Huntsville."
Alabama currently has tax holidays for back-to-school shopping and severe weather preparedness.
The firearms tax holiday would waive the state four percent sales tax on guns, ammunition and firearm supplies from Friday through Sunday prior to July 4th each year.
Nordgren says "holding a firearms sales tax holiday at the anniversary of our nation birth is the perfect to celebrate our rights and independence."
And she says tourism dollars will help make up for the sales tax holiday as customers from other states flock to Alabama for the tax break.
"Some Congressional Democrats have proposed federal legislation that would double the 11 percent tax on handguns and impose a 50 percent tax on shells and cartridges," Nordgren said. "I think we could have some guns shows maybe that same Independence Day weekend or week, we can attract customers from other states, we can give a break to our citizens on their guns and ammo purchases. I'm excited about it."
Some our viewers aren't as excited about the proposed legislation.
On Facebook, one viewer wrote: "Sales tax holidays are a joke. We need tax revenue. Many/most ammunition sizes are still hard to find more than a box or two at a time. How do you support a holiday for a product you can't get?"
Another wrote: "We need a tax holiday on medication, just a thought."
Others said the tax holiday would be something they would take advantage of.
"I think that would be great because I live in the country and me and my kids and my family do a lot of hunting and shooting," one man said.
"Guns and ammo- we need it. More people with guns deters others from doing bad things. That's how I feel. And I think my friends would take advantage of it as well," another said.
There are 22 representatives listed as co-sponsors on the bill and Rep. Nordgren expects that list to grow.
With only 11 days left in the legislative session, it will be hard to get it passed this year but Nordgren hopes to get it before a house committee next week.
The firearms tax holiday is not a new concept. The same thing was proposed in Texas this time last year and South Carolina has had a tax-free event for guns since 2008.
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