Firearms and hunting tax free holiday

Published 7:00 am Friday, September 5, 2014

This weekend firearms and other hunting gear can be purchased without taxes.

The state of Mississippi set the holiday on the same weekend as Louisiana’s sales tax holiday, so this means that Mississippi residents don’t need to travel across state lines to make tax-free purchases on firearms and hunting supplies.

A previous tax-free holiday last month on clothing and shoes allowed parents to secure uniforms just as school season was opening.

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This hunting season tax holiday is also timed to match the opening of dove and the upcoming deer season.

But the tax-free holiday can also benefit everyone, even if they are not avid hunters. That’s because firearms are not just used for hunting, but also self defense.

It’s fitting this holiday is titled the Second Amendment Tax Free Holiday, because it celebrates the importance of being able to own a firearm.

While firearms can be dangerous if they are used improperly, they are also essential tools of upholding our country’s freedom.

Without firearms this country could not have fought against the country of Great Britain and secured our independence. Just because we have it now does not mean another power would not try to take it away.

An unarmed population is a vulnerable population.

So if you are interested in owning a firearm this weekend is the time to consider purchasing one.

It’s best to do some research before purchasing a firearm. Consider the kind and type you can handle. A large gun with a heavy kick would not be best for a person with a small stature.

Additionally training is urged when handling firearms. Several local places offer firearm training along with shooting ranges.

As with anything, practice makes perfect.

So we here at the Picayune Item commend the state of Mississippi for finding ways to support our access to second amendment rights.