The second annual “Second Amendment Weekend” is on the way. 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. 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.
Jim Frazier manages Trader’s Gun Shop in the town of Taylors, located 8 miles from Greenville. Frazier says the customer traffic was brisk at his store during last year’s Second Amendment Weekend. “There was an increase in sales,” said Frazier. “Everybody was trying to make their dollar go as far as possible, and when you can save on the tax on it, it definitely helps with an increase in sales.”
Frazier says buyers must be 18 year of age, have proper I.D.and undergo an FBI computer background check. Customers from out of state by law can only purchase long guns, shotguns or rifles, but not handguns. Taxes still apply to ammunition and accessories.