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If you need a firearm, try to get to South Carolina before midnight.

Hunters and collectors can save some money on gun purchases today and Saturday as the state waives sales taxes on firearms.

The tax-free weekend is likely the first of its kind in the country.

State Rep. Mike Pitts, R-Greenwood, said he proposed the tax-free sales to celebrate the Second Amendment and respond to a then-pending U.S. Supreme Court decision on a Washington, D.C., handgun ban, which the court overturned.

The tax-free days also coincide with the opening of the duck and small-game hunting seasons this week, Pitts said.

"It's to bring recognition that the Second Amendment of the Constitution is every bit as important as the First Amendment," which establishes freedom of religion and speech, Pitts said. "It's very much symbolic."

I won't be flocking to South Carolina, because it is too late to make travel arrangements.(Also who would be left to write snappy posts here?) Besides, are out of state residents eligible?

Economists estimate the two tax-free days will save gun buyers about $15,000 in state sales taxes. Pitts proposed the tax-free days in a stand-alone bill, but the version that passed was included in a bill that also granted tax breaks for purchases of energy-efficient appliances.

Gov. Mark Sanford vetoed the bill, in part, saying a temporary sales tax break would do little to promote long-term energy efficiency or firearms sales.

Many Republicans were touting Sanford to be McCain's running mate. Why is that? He doesn't support a tax cut for 2nd amendment supporters. Don't all Wizbang readers start screaming RINO at the same time.

Hat tip- Eugene Volokh at the Volokh Conspiracy


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Comments (8)

Out of state residents coul... (Below threshold)
Gmac:

Out of state residents could buy a firearm but would need someone with a Federal Firearms License to ship it to another FFL holder in their state thanks to the '68 GCA.

Name me a few models that h... (Below threshold)
George Author Profile Page:

Name me a few models that have the highest chances of getting banned. That's what I want to buy.

New Hampshire gun shopper h... (Below threshold)

New Hampshire gun shopper here. No sales tax every weekend (and weekday).

I live in SC and you save a... (Below threshold)
Vagabond:

I live in SC and you save a whopping $30 on a $500 purchase at 6% sales tax. Never understood why tax free days are so popular. The savings are not that great.

Doesn't Sanford run a junky... (Below threshold)
Thomas Jackson:

Doesn't Sanford run a junkyard? And have a heaqrt condition. Seems like the perfect pick for McCain.

Apart from the FFL fees and... (Below threshold)
Linoge Author Profile Page:

Apart from the FFL fees and shipment costs would have completely destroyed any tax savings I would have otherwise received, I would have been there. I tell you what - the basically-10% sales tax here in TN is a real pain in the nether regions when it comes to high-value purchases like firearms.

Of course, I only purchased the lowers for my new Evil Black Rifles here in state - everything else is coming from online.

Don't give Sanford a hard t... (Below threshold)
Adam Herman:

Don't give Sanford a hard time. He's a very consistent, principled conservative and one things principled conservatives don't do is vote for temporary, narrow tax breaks to encourage this or that behavior. That's something liberals do. The end may have been conservative, but the means was liberal, so Sanford vetoed it.

Did you see MADONNAS now hi... (Below threshold)
Spurwing Plover:

Did you see MADONNAS now high heels their acuial pistols and the liberals are pulling out their hair over it




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