Labor Day Tax Break on Guns and Ammo in Mississippi

Randy Crocker of USA Pawn in central Mississippi. photo from The Clarion-Ledger.

Guns, ammunition, archery gear, and other hunting and shooting equipment will be exempt from Mississippi's 7 percent state sales tax this weekend, from Friday at midnight through midnight Sunday, according to this story form The Clarion-Ledger. This will be the second year Mississippi will celebrate the Second Amendment Sales Tax Holiday, which is similar to a day the state has provided for back-to-school clothes for several years.

If you live there or in a bordering state and you've had your eye on a gun or case or need to stock up on ammo or reloading supplies, this is your Black Friday. The exemption applies to rifles, pistols, shotguns, and revolvers, along with scopes, mounts, ammo, slings, and gun cases. The exemption does not apply to hunting clothes and boots, binoculars, gun safes, or hunting stands and blinds.

"People going dove hunting that need to pick up a case of shells, deer hunters—ammo's expensive—so this helps," said Brian Smith, who owns six USA Pawn locations in central Mississippi. He added that he saw a slight uptick in business during the weekend last year, but says he expects it to better this year, now that more people are aware of it.

The tax break was drafted by Sen Philip Moran with the support of the NRA.

Moran said its goal is to help "the everyday, working family who wants to get out and enjoy hunting," and that he was disappointed the final bill removed exemptions for fishing gear and other items that Moran had initially included.

"The Second Amendment Sales Tax Holiday is a way to make these sports a little less expensive and encourage more families to enjoy the outdoors," said Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, an avid duck hunter who supported the measure.

Though Mississippi's laws for the tax holiday don't include a way to track the cost in revenue, other states have found the idea too expensive. Similiar measures have failed in Texas, where opponents said it would cost the state $11 million in revenue; and in Alabama, where it would have drained more than $500,000 from the state's education trust fund, according to the story.