As the Legislature resumes its regular session, lawmakers are facing a raft of bills dealing with guns, ranging from the new-to-Tennessee idea of exempting firearm purchases from sales taxes to revival of efforts to let handgun permit holders carry their weapons in local parks.

The “Second Amendment sales tax holiday” is proposed by state Sen. Frank Niceley, R-Strawberry Plains, and state Rep. Kelly Keisling, R-Byrdstown.

Niceley said SB206, modeled after similar laws in Mississippi and Louisiana, would “give hunters a little bit of a break” at a time when ammunition prices “have gone up outrageously” and with an increase in the cost of hunting and fishing licenses approved by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Commission taking effect later this year.

The bill declares that firearms, archery equipment and “hunting supplies” can be purchased without state or local sales taxes on the first weekend in September of each year, starting in 2015. “Hunting supplies” is defined to include “archery equipment, firearm and archery cases, firearm and archery accessories, hearing protection, holsters, belts and slings” but not animals or vehicles.

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