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Texas Representative Proposing Tax Free Holiday for Gun Sales

By Geena Martinez
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - One Texas lawmaker is fighting back against possible gun control legislation with some legislation of his own. You've heard of tax free weekend but what about tax free gun sales?

A state representative from Plano is trying to make it happen.

House Bill 1533 would exempt firearms and hunting supplies from being taxed one day a year.

District 67 Representative Jeff Leach is calling it the Texas Gun Ownership Reinforcement Act.

He said it's a direct response to possible gun control legislation being proposed in the nation's capitol but not everyone thinks it's a good idea.

"I think there's a lot more important things that legislators can do for Texans," Midland County Democratic Party Chairman, David Rosen, said.

He said this is only fanning partisan flames.

If the bill passes, the tax-free holiday would fall on March 2nd, Texas Independence Day.

On his Facebook page, Leach said Texas needs to fight back against "Washington's attempts to infringe on our 2nd amendment freedoms - and this unique legislation does just that."

But Rosen isn't buying it.

"People, if they want guns they purchase them, if they want cars they purchase them," Rosen said. "It seems to me that this legislator only wants to divide people more, into right and left."

However, Leach has overwhelming support backing the proposal on Facebook.

One viewer said, "Sounds like a great idea. It's nice to see a politician that wants to do something for the people and not just take from them."

Another viewer agrees saying, "It is great that some people in our government still appreciate and recognize what our forefathers did for us!!"

But others aren't convinced.

One viewer said it's, "just another piece of political propaganda serving no purpose other than keeping a politician in office."

Rosen said there are more important things to worry about.

"They need to put their time to aid Texans, to do serious things," Rosen said.

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