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Guns and ammunition tax holiday supported by Georgia Senate

State Sen. Jason Anavitarte, R-Dallas, speaks in favor of Senate Bill 344 at the Georgia State Capitol, Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2024, in Atlanta. The legislation would make firearms and accessories tax exempt during hunting season.
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State Sen. Jason Anavitarte, R-Dallas, speaks in favor of Senate Bill 344 at the Georgia State Capitol, Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2024, in Atlanta. The legislation would make firearms and accessories tax exempt during hunting season.

Georgia’s senators want to let people buy guns, ammunition and gun safes without sales tax for five days each fall. At the same time, House members are considering a narrower tax break for gun safety devices.

Republicans favor both approaches, partly in an election-year nod to gun owners. Democrats favor only tax breaks for safety devices. The Senate voted 30-22 on Tuesday to approve the sales tax holiday, sending it to the House for more debate.

Sen. Jason Anavitarte says the tax break would promote hunting and the control of Georgia’s deer population. Democrats say the measure would encourage more guns and more violence.