Tax free weekend is upon us and this has been a Godsend for parents of children everywhere. The tax free weekend was a thing which started in New York State in 1997; according to reports from About.com (1) in 2010 16 states are participating in this tax free weekend this year: Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Vermont. The tax free weekend was a thing started to help parents of school-aged children do all their back-to-school shopping at once and get something of a break. All this is a good thing and is very welcomed by all the communities who take advantage of the weekend. However South Carolina has added a second tax free weekend in 2010; on November 26th & 27th 2010, there will be a two day tax holiday for residents of South Carolina. However this tax holiday is not for school supplies; the November South Carolina tax holiday in 2010 is about violence, masculinity, and a false bravado.
What It Is:
While doing research for a recent piece about the August South Carolina tax holiday which is of great assistance for family’s on a tight budget who have to make large purchases; computers, printers, expensive graphing calculators, cell phones; or for parents who just have a large family of school supplies to buy for; I discovered this second tax holiday in South Carolina. This November tax holiday in South Carolina, at the present moment, is for 2010 only though this may have been implemented in prior years; if it’s successful you can bet that this November South Carolina tax holiday will be replicated in years to come. The November tax holiday in South Carolina is for tax relief on handguns, rifles and shotguns. From SCTax.org (2):
“General Assembly has also included a Second Amendment Sales Tax Holiday in the 2010 – 2011 State Appropriations Act (House Bill 4657 of 2010, Part 1B, Section 89, Proviso 89.107). This two-day sales tax holiday applies to purchases of handguns (as defined in Code Section 16-23-10(1)), rifles and shotguns and will take place on the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving – November 26th and 27th of 2010.”
I had just written about my idyllic notion of maybe one day being able to repeal the second amendment (3); getting guns off the streets and out of individuals hands. This South Carolina November tax relief on handguns, rifles, and shotguns is a slap in the face of that idea. While I appreciate there are many who are hunters or who live in rural areas where things like black bears, cougars, mountain lions, coyotes, and some of the more aggressive deer (yup, deer!) and they need to defend themselves, I still don’t agree with laypeople holding onto guns. The South Carolina November tax holiday on handguns, rifles, and shotguns is only aiding in the increase of guns on the street, guns in people’s homes, and guns on the loose.
South Carolina is a growing economy and has a cultured and refined population. Handguns, rifles, and shotguns are not part of any refined culture I know of though. Let’s send a message to the lawmakers in the land by rejecting South Carolina’s November tax holiday on handguns, rifles, and shotguns.