Iowa bill proposes tax-free holiday for guns sales

Iowa bill proposes tax-free holiday for guns sales

Gun Rights

Terry Baxter DES MOINES — Iowans purchasing a gun or ammunition could have a sales tax-free holiday similar to the one families get every August on clothing, shoes and some school-related items. A House Economic Development subcommittee voted 2-1 Tuesday to establish a three-day period around the Fourth of July holiday when sales of firearms and ammunition would not be subject to the state sales tax. “I think it’s a good idea,” said Rep. Tedd Gassman, R-Scarville. Rep. Terry Baxter, R-Garner, said several other states have a similar sales tax holiday on purchases of guns and ammunition, and he would like to see it occur here several months before Iowa’s fall hunting season so gun buyers could get acclimated to their new weapons and have a chance to practice at a gun range before moving into the field. “It really does bring a safety factor that I think would be a real positive,” Baxter said. He added that a sales tax exemption also would honor “those men and women in arms” who fought for the country and the nation’s heritage of Second Amendment rights. However, Rep. Dave Jacoby, D-Coralville, questioned whether the state should be in the business of “picking winners and losers” with its sales tax policy. “I think it sets a terrible precedent,” said Jacoby, who wondered why the state doesn’t offer a tax holiday for canoes and fishing gear in advance of fishing seasons, using the same logic. Dave Jacoby

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