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Michigan Legislation Would Exempt Gun Safety Devices


 There is a move to exempt gun safety devices in Michigan.

Update, 9.18.2015: The Senate has approved Bill 364.

Lawmakers in Michigan will soon be delivered legislation seeking to exempt numerous gun safety devices from sales tax.

Bill sponsor Senator Tonya Schuitmaker is not questioning the right of Americans to bear arms. She says, “Our Second Amendment provides a fundamental right to all law-abiding citizens to own a firearm. We can honor that right and promote responsible gun ownership practices by adopting this legislation.” In fact, she insists this “common-sense legislation” will “make gun locks and safes more affordable and accessible for all gun owners.”

Although the legislation has not yet been unveiled, it already has the support of the National Shooting Sports Foundation (trade association for America’s firearms industry). The Commissioner of Oakland County, who spent 49 years in law enforcement, also approves of it. He says he has seen “far too many tragedies that could have been avoided.”

As of this writing, certain gun safety devices are exempt from sales tax in only a handful of states, including: Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Washington.

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Gail Cole
Avalara Author
Gail Cole
Gail Cole
Avalara Author Gail Cole
Gail began researching and writing about sales tax in 2012 and has been fascinated with it ever since. She has a penchant for uncovering unusual tax facts, and endeavors to make complex sales tax laws more digestible for both experts and laypeople.