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Tax free weekend for guns, ammunition one step closer to law

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The 'second amendment weekend holiday', or Senate Bill 2425, is on its way to Governor Phil Bryant's office for his signature. The 'second amendment weekend holiday', or Senate Bill 2425, is on its way to Governor Phil Bryant's office for his signature.
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(WMC-TV) - A proposal for a tax free weekend for guns, ammunition, and other outdoor supplies in Mississippi is one step closer to becoming a law.

The 'second amendment weekend holiday', or Senate Bill 2425, is on its way to Governor Phil Bryant's office for his signature.

James Walker traveled 800 miles to enjoy the Mississippi outdoors. He likes to hunt and fish, like many of others who live in the Magnolia State. Now, he is teaching his grandchildren.

"I don't want them in the streets, so I give them what I was given and that's to get out and commune with nature and have a good time," he said.

Outdoorsmen at Hunters Hallow in Oxford were happy to learn their hobby could cost a little bit less this year.

"I duck hunt, deer hunt, turkey hunt, it doesn't matter," said Carter Bryant. "I do just about anything."

Under Senate Bill 2425, hunting supplies like a shotgun or a bow and arrow would be tax-free for the first weekend in September.

"You know, you spend $100 in tax if you buy a nice shotgun or something like that," added Bryant.

Even though Walker and his grandkids live in Michigan, they may plan to make another trip if the bill passes.

"It's going to make me decide about coming down again the first weekend in September, because tax-free, you can't beat it," said Walker.

A similar house bill that would have included ATVs, boats, and other equipment died earlier in the session.

Governor Bryant is expected to sign off on the proposal. In a statement sent to Action News 5, he said, "Hunting, fishing and enjoying the outdoors are an essential part of the fabric of Mississippi, and I have worked to defend second amendment rights and protect our state's outdoor heritage. This measure will help Mississippians access firearms and supplies to enjoy the outdoors, and I look forward to receiving and signing the bill."

If the bill passes, the new law would go into effect this summer.

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