A Republican-sponsored amendment in the Minnesota state House would give tax breaks to gun owners who purchase safes to store their firearms.
According to Minnesota Public Radio, Republicans on the state tax committee are likely to include the amendment in a larger tax bill. People who purchase gun safes would not be responsible for paying sales tax if the measure is signed into law.
“We’ve heard a lot about gun safety this session and throughout the country in this debate,” Republican state Rep. Chris Swedzinski said. “This bill is pretty straight forward of just encouraging the safe storage of firearms in the state. We all know we’re not going to be banning them due to the Second Amendment.”
The legislation is expected to cost the state $300,000 per year. Gun owners would be free to spend the savings on additional firearms.
“But putting a gun measure in the tax bill could give advocates of gun-control legislation a hook to seek votes through amendments when the bill hits the floor,” Minnesota Public Radio pointed out.