Tax-free guns being sold soon

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina shoppers will get a second chance to buy tax-free guns.

The state Revenue Department sent out a reminder Wednesday of the upcoming "Second Amendment Weekend." The 48-hour tax break begins just after midnight the Friday after Thanksgiving.

Shoppers will pay no state or local sales taxes on handguns, rifles and shotguns, which can total 9 percent. Taxes still apply to ammunition and accessories.

South Carolina had the nation's only tax holiday on guns last year. Legislators tacked it on to a tax break on energy-efficient appliances, then restored it in the budget this year.

Louisiana followed with a sales tax holiday for hunters in September. That break went further, applying to any item that can be used for hunting or fishing.

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