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Tax holiday for guns is a bad idea

It looks like Texas lawmakers are ready to add another notch to their pro-gun legislation — all in the name of honoring the Second Amendment, of course.

The state Senate voted 20-11 Thursday to approve a bill authorizing tax-free holidays, similar to the ones for school supplies and clothing each August, for the purchase of firearms, ammunition and other hunting materials. The holiday would be the last full weekend in August.

State Sen. Brandon Creighton, R-Conroe, says his “Second Amendment Sales Tax Holiday Act” would be “an economic driver for small businesses” just before hunting season. That’s particularly true, he said, for those in the southeast part of the state that compete with sellers in Louisiana, which has had such a holiday since 2009.

In addition to aiding Texas hunters who deserve those savings, he said, he wants to “promote gunmanship and to improve opportunities for all Texans to enjoy their Second Amendment rights.”

Not all Texans will benefit from this bill, which will cost the state $11.1 million over two years. There’s no reason everybody should have to subsidize gun ownership.

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