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Usually, when we think of tax holidays, we think of them in conjunction with the changing of the seasons and, likely, the beginning of “back to school” sales.

This is a nice little trick to help boost the economy during the long drought before Christmas.  In the fall, those looming holidays have a way keeping the purse strings tight, and by eliminating sales tax selectively, we can coax a little more confident consumerism here in America.

In the state of Mississippi, however, their sales tax holiday had a bit of a different theme to it…although it certainly had a similarly poignant effect.

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A pawn shop owner told FOX13 he will sell “500 times the guns” he normally does this weekend.

“It’s everybody wants that seven percent sales tax, they think they are beating the government,” Danny Metcalf said.

Metcalf said new guns that are sold come with a gun lock required by law, and so do used guns.

The shop owner even goes a step further.

He told FOX13 he started giving away gunlocks years ago to any gun owner that came in and wanted one.

The DeSoto County Sheriff’s Department offers a free gun safety program for school age children. It’s called the “Eddie Eagle” program.

While hard data for the economic impact of the sales tax holiday aren’t accurately available at this time, it likely goes without saying that the firearms industry in the deep south had a bit of a heyday thanks to the creative lawmakers that helped to make it happen.


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