- Associated Press - Thursday, September 3, 2015

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Businesses are preparing for Mississippi’s Second Amendment Sales Tax Holiday this weekend, during which time guns, ammunition, archery and other hunting and shooting equipment will be exempt from the state’s 7 percent sales tax.

This is the second year for the holiday, which will be held Friday through Sunday, according to media outlets. The bill to recognize the holiday was passed in the 2014 legislative session.

Laura Hipp, a spokeswoman for Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves’ office, said the holiday was designed to be a tax break for state residents who needed to buy hunting supplies.

“Hunting is the favorite pastime of so many Mississippians and a major tourism draw for rural areas,” Lt. Gov. Reeves said in a news release. “The Second Amendment Sales Tax Holiday is a way to make these sports a little less expensive and encourage more families to enjoy the outdoors.”

Similar to the annual Mississippi Sales Tax Holiday for clothing and footwear, this weekend was also created to generate spending in the state.

“I think it was pretty popular last year,” Hipp said. “We heard that stores were packed that weekend. Some stores said it was even bigger than Christmas for them, which is really what we want, to encourage folks to get out into the communities to support the local businesses.”

The exemption doesn’t apply to some items, including hunting clothing and shoes, binoculars, gun safes or hunting stands and blinds.

Louisiana also has a similar hunting tax holiday.

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