LA, With Many Firearms Deaths, Has Gun Tax Break


This weekend, Louisiana residents are exempt from state or local taxes on firearms, ammunition, or hunting supplies, says the Los Angeles Times. State Sen. Robert Marionneaux Jr. said the law will “save families money, boost retailers’ sales, and help our economy in this worldwide recession where every little bit helps.” Randy Matthews of the Cash-N-A-Flash pawn and gun shop in Bossier City says the boost to business was a nice bonus. Josh Sugarmann of the Violence Policy Center in Washington, D.C., said Louisiana has the highest gun death rate of any state in the nation — 19.58 deaths per 100,000 people, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In its 2008 score card of states, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence ranked Louisiana last in the nation, tied with Kentucky and Oklahoma, for what the gun-control group calls “sensible gun laws.” Sugarmann said of the Louisiana tax holiday: “This goes beyond ironic to absurdist. The question is, what are they going to offer next? Tax holidays on coffins?”

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