State Rep. Jason Overstreet's bill would eliminate sales tax on guns and ammo

Posted by JOHN STARK on January 28, 2014 

State Rep. Jason Overstreet, R-42nd, is sponsoring a bill that would exempt purchases of guns and ammunition from state sales tax.

"The legislature finds that firearms and firearm ammunition are an essential, indivisible, and inextricable part of the right of a free people to bear arms for the purpose of defending themselves against unlawful aggression, and to protect and secure their individual rights, their liberties, and the preservation of free government. The legislature intends to encourage the purchase of firearms and firearm ammunition within the borders of Washington state to ensure the economic health of Washington-based retail businesses by providing a sales tax exemption for the purchase of firearms and firearm ammunition within the state," the legislation says, in part.

Four other Republicans have joined the Whatcom County legislator in sponsoring the measure: David Taylor, Matt Shea, Joel Kretz and Elizabeth Scott.

HB 2529 also quotes, in part, Article 1, section 24 of the State Constitution. Here is the full section of the Constitution:

The right of the individual citizen to bear arms in defense of himself, or the state, shall not be impaired, but nothing in this section shall be construed as authorizing individuals or corporations to organize, maintain or employ an armed body of men.

(Note that there is nothing here to prohibit a private army of women. A key omission.)


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