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Lawmaker Wants Tax-Free Holiday for Guns

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    A customer shops for a gun at Freddie Bear Sports sporting goods store on January 19, 2012 in Tinley Park, Illinois. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

    A North Texas lawmaker wants to celebrate the Lone Star State's independence by making it cheaper to buy guns.

    State Representative Jeff Leach wants to make Texas Independence Day, March 2nd, a tax-free holiday for gun purchases.

    House bill 1533 -- titled by Leach as The Texas Gun Ownership Reinforcement Act -- was filed Monday. Click here to read the proposed bill.

    The proposal would include no sales tax on shotguns, rifles, pistols, revolvers, and other handguns, gun safes, gun cases, cleaning supplies, and optics, ammunition, archery equipment, hunting stands, blinds, and decoys.

    “Texas must take the lead in the fight against the federal government’s attempts to infringe on our Second Amendment Rights,” Leach said in a statement. ”As we fight against the federal government’s overreach, there is no more appropriate day to instate this tax-free holiday than on Texas Independence Day.”

    Leach is the representitive for District 67, which includes areas of Plano, Richardson, and Dallas.

    South Carolina instituted a gun tax holiday in 2008, but later canceled the measure due to the shrinking budget in the state. Lawmakers in that state are attempting to revive the holiday this year.