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Thursday, June 18, 2015

Florida To Stop Taxing Gun Club Memberships

A $400 million tax cut package sent to Florida Gov. Rick Scott by the state legislature includes approximately $1 million that will not be coming out of the pockets of gun owners, as the state will not tax revenues from sales of gun-club memberships. It all sounds quite generous—except for the fact that they never should have been doing it in the first place.

Florida law states that all regulation (understood to include taxes) of firearms and ammunition are the purview of the legislature, except where explicitly stated otherwise by state constitution or law. There is no law allowing for the Department of Revenue to tax firearm-related purchases, so this revenue should not have been collected. We are relieved that the state has definitively—if belatedly—ceased to tax citizens for exercising their Second Amendment rights.