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    Doesn`t S.C. have a tax free gun purchase weekend? When?

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    Tax free weekend was last weekend, and firearms are not included on the list of tax free items.
    "The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun, is a good guy with a gun."

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    You`re correct, there was a tax free weekend last week but I read there would be another tax free weekend after Thanksgiving for guns and appliances, I`m just trying to get the facts. I heard it bill passed then the Governor vetoed it and then the veto was overrode by the Senate. See this site;

    http://thestatecom.typepad.com/ygato...ee-guns-p.html

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    http://www.scstatehouse.net/sess117_...bills/4329.htm

    Introduced in the House on January 8, 2008
    Currently residing in the House Committee on Ways and Means

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    12/5/2007  House   Prefiled
    12/5/2007  House   Referred to Committee on Ways and Means
    1/8/2008  House   Introduced and read first time HJ-34
    1/8/2008  House   Referred to Committee on Ways and Means HJ-34

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    Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving are for handguns, rifles and shotguns. It was vetoed by the governor and overridden.

    http://www.scstatehouse.net/cgi-bin/...keyval=1171143

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    Thank you. I did not look beyond the House bill. Enacted 07/11/08 as Act 338


    Sales tax exemption; Second Amendment Recognition Act

    SECTION 2. A. This section may be cited as the "Second Amendment Recognition Act".

    B. Section 12-36-2120 of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Act 116 of 2007, is further amended by adding a new item at the end appropriately numbered to read:

    "( ) sales of handguns as defined pursuant to Section 16-23-10(1), rifles, and shotguns during the forty-eight hours of the Second Amendment Weekend. For purposes of this item, the 'Second Amendment Weekend' begins at 12:01 a.m. on the Friday after Thanksgiving and ends at twelve midnight the following Saturday."

    C. This section takes effect July 1, 2008.

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    Thanks to all for the information.

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    But you guys missed something important. While H. 4329 did not pass, S. 1143 DID pass. [http://www.scstatehouse.net/sess117_2007-2008/bills/1143.htm]

    Our state legislators sneaked the same "tax free weekend" for firearms provision into S. 1143. The bill was vetoed by Governor Sanford, but the general assembly overrode his veto, so S. 1143 is now law.

    This means that "Second Amendment Weekend" is now law, and firearms purchases will be exempt from STATE taxes on that weekend each year. That weekend is the Friday & Saturday following Thanksgiving.

    Sure, it helps to save money on gun purchases, but before y'all go thanking your state legislators, ask yourself if this falls under "restoring my gun rights" or if it was simply "giving me table scraps so I don't ask for something REAL."

    Personally, I call this nothing more than 'table scraps.' I'd like my state legislators to give me something more substantial than saving sales tax 2 days per year. (they'd just LOVE it if we stopped buying guns all year long to wait for the tax-free weekend, wouldn't they?) Give me RESTAURANT carry, or SCHOOL CARRY, or blanket recognition of all other states, etc.

    But that's just my opinion...

    Bill Rentiers
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    While I was a store owner I learned from others and through experience that a 10% sale was a waste and not worthe bothering with. For the public to even give notice to a sale requires at least 15% and only will 20%+ even register any excitement. However that same public goes crazy over a 6-8% tax free weekend.

    This bill wasn't even table scraps but rather an idea of someone for votes attached to another bill with much farther reach. The gun tax break didn't even get discussed that I know of but just thrown in with the gasoline blending stuff.

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    PT111 wrote:
    This bill wasn't even table scraps but rather an idea of someone for votes attached to another bill with much farther reach. The gun tax break didn't even get discussed that I know of but just thrown in with the gasoline blending stuff.
    I agree whole-heartedly. It was so much "less than table scraps" as to be insulting. Our lawmakers think they can buy us off of demanding full restoration of our rights by dangling something glittery adn worthless in the other hand (like a ball of tin foil).

    What really upsets me is when the masses go for this stuff. They get really excited over the table scraps, which encourages our lawmakers to do stuff like this to us again & again.

    I wish all gun owners were consistent voters and dedicated activists, well-informed on these issues and mad as hell - not willing to take such nonsense from our elected officials.

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