State Republicans continue to feast on red meat this legislative session. Earlier today state Rep. Jeff Leach, a Republican from District 67 (which covers parts of Dallas and Plano), filed HB 1533, the Texas Gun Ownership Reinforcement Act. The bill would establish Texas Independence Day (March 2) as a tax-free holiday for anyone purchasing firearms and hunting gear.
“It is time for Texas to take the lead in the fight against Washington’s attempts to infringe on our 2nd Amendment freedoms – and this unique legislation does just that,” Leach said in a statement, reacting to President Barack Obama’s proposal to mandate background checks on all gun sales and bans on military style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines as part of a package of steps to reduce gun violence.
Among the items that would be tax-exempt include: shotguns, rifles, revolvers, handguns, gun cleaning supplies, gun cases, ammunition, archery equipment, hunting stands, decoys, and more.
In a move about as surprising as finding out your hairdresser is gay, the National Rifle Association came out in support of the bill.
Tara Mica, a spokesperson for the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action, called the proposed bill “common-sense legislation.”
“Representative Leach’s House Bill 1533 supports lawful gun ownership and encourages Texas sportsmen to spend their money here at home,” she said. “While bolstering our Texas economy, this common-sense legislation goes a long way toward promoting our Second Amendment freedoms.”
Many other Republican legislatures have been gushing about the bill as well.