If you live in Mississippi or Louisiana, Happy “Second Amendment Weekend!” Customers buying guns in both states will get a break on sales tax over the next two weekends.
In the Magnolia State, from Aug. 26-28, purchasers of firearms, ammunition or hunting gear will be excluded from the state’s 7 percent sales tax. Likewise, Louisiana’s 5 percent sales tax won’t be added to non-commercial firearm purchases Sept. 2-4. The federal government imposes excise taxes on all gun and ammunition purchases, but these two states are taking a step towards joining five others where gun sales are always free from state sales taxes—Alaska, Delaware, Montana, New Hampshire and Oregon.
This year gun sales have skyrocketed, as the FBI processed a record number of background checks month-over-month. What’s more, several firearm manufactures are also reporting unprecedented numbers—for instance, Sturm Ruger & Co. shows a 19-percent sales jump in just its second-quarter.
NRA-ILA’s Chris W. Cox Visits Maine To Fight Question 3
In a Wednesday speech to the Heritage Policy Center in Portland, Maine, NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris W. Cox explained the dangers of the Michael Bloomberg-backed background check initiative, on the ballot this November as Question 3.
“[Michael Bloomberg] believes he should decide everything from how big a soda you can buy to how much salt you’re allowed to have in your food to what colors are acceptable for the new roof you want to put on your home,” Cox told those gathered. “Now Bloomberg’s pouring millions into trying to make the state of Maine just like New York City when it comes to gun control.”
Cox continued: “Whether or not you own a gun, you need to know: Question 3 would be a nightmare for all of you. Because it’s an unenforceable, unfunded mandate that won’t stop a single violent criminal from getting a gun. But it will turn law-abiding citizens into accidental criminals overnight. And it will cut another chunk out of your freedom.”
NJ: Gov. Christie Conditionally Vetoes Two Bad Bills
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s conditional veto of “Justifiable Need” and “Smart Gun” legislation on Wednesday is a step forward for law-abiding gun owners in the Garden State.
The two anti-gun bills—A.3689 and S.816— were opposed by NRA, but were ultimately adopted by anti-gun politicians. The governor’s conditional vetoes return the bills back to the legislature with suggested language, which if adopted, would drastically improve a pair of draconian gun laws.
As Gov. Christie expressed to NRA-ILA, “For decades, law-abiding residents of New Jersey have had their Second Amendment right to self-protection burdened by gun laws that are among the most unreasonable in the country. … Rather than doubling down on the unreasonable requirements for law-abiding residents of New Jersey to obtain a concealed-carry permit, I propose having New Jersey join the 42 other states that have adopted a ‘shall-issue’ standard for approving such applications.”
S.C. Governor: Celebrating Gun-Rights Bill Twice
On Wednesday, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley was joined by state lawmakers from South Carolina and Georgia as she ceremonially re-signed H. 3799, legislation that adds Georgia to the list of states where Right-to-Carry permits are recognized. Originally passed by the South Carolina delegation and signed into law in June, Haley wanted to celebrate the gun-rights victory by signing it again in North Augusta, just across the river from Georgia.
Haley also discussed why it’s so important to allow law-abiding gun owners to move freely between states, and expressed her hope that the new reciprocity would bring more Georgia residents to South Carolina. “No one wants to break the law,” the governor said. “So if they’ve gotten their CWP in Georgia, we want them to be able to go to the beach in South Carolina and take [their gun] and not worry about anything happening.”
Texas School Sign Warns Of Armed Faculty
Two years after making a plan to protect its schools with armed security, and nearly a year after allowing licensed employees to carry firearms, a Claude, Texas, school district has posted signs in front of schools warning that “staff is armed and may use whatever force necessary to protect our students,” the San Antonio Express-Newsreports.
With 354 students at its two schools, the district will allow its 68 employees, including 40 teachers, to carry firearms, provided that they have concealed handgun licenses and practice shooting monthly.
If the signs don’t deter would-be attackers, maybe the schools’ employees can stop them. As Superintendent Jeff Byrd said, “If there were a perpetrator that entered our building, we would be able to hold off the building until the professionals got here.”
Baseball Bat-Swinging Intruder Loses Fight To Homeowner With Gun
In Ohio, Coshocton County officers responded to a call reporting gunshots fired in a quiet neighborhood shortly after midnight. They discovered two individuals had kicked in the door of a home and attacked one of the residents with a baseball bat. They also found the homeowner safe, as he had fought back with a firearm.
Sheriff Tim Rogers told reporters that a male residing at the home fired several times at the intruders. And while it was initially thought no one had been hit, further investigation revealed suspect Richard Kafel had, in fact, been shot twice. He was taken to Coshocton Memorial Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, and was also taken into custody. Two other suspects, Jeremiah Brock and Kylie Bliss Brown, were also arrested and charged with aggravated burglary. A fourth suspect is still at large.