Which States Have Tax Holidays for Firearms?
- March 29, 2016 | Katherine Gustafson
The short answer: Louisiana and Mississippi
The long answer:
The Louisiana Second Amendment Weekend Holiday occurs annually on the first consecutive Friday through Sunday in September. That's September 2-4, 2016, during which time noncommercial purchases of firearms, ammunition, and hunting supplies are tax-free. This particular exemption is the work of Act 453 of the 2009 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature, which lays the holiday's provisions out in detail.
"Hunting supplies" include archery supplies, off-road vehicles, and vessels such as ATVs, airboats, and pirogues, binoculars, range finders, knives, decoys, tree stands, blinds, optics, hearing protection, holsters, belts, slings, tools, and other accessories. The "firearms" part of this exemption includes shotguns, rifles, pistols, revolvers, and other handguns. Purchases of animals like hunting dogs are not exempt, but their feed is tax-free.
The Mississippi Sportsman Weekend is also held every year on the first Friday through Sunday in September (also September 2-4, 2016). This tax holiday, which exempts retail sales of firearms, ammunition, hunting supplies, and fishing supplies, is detailed in Senate Bill 2425 of the 2014 Regular Session of the Mississippi Legislature.
"Firearms" in this MI context means handguns, rifles, and shotguns. "Hunting supplies" means such things as accessories, bows, crossbows, arrows, hunting and fishing apparel and footwear, bags, float tubes, binoculars, tools, firearm and archery cases and accessories, range finders, knives, decoys, tree stands, blinds, holsters, slings, fishing rods, reels, and fishing tackle. The exemption does not extend to hunting animals, boats, motor vehicles, or equipment used for commercial fishing.