House bill would give tax break to gun buyers, club members

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Guns, gun rights and gun owners are getting plenty of attention in the Florida Legislature this year, including what may be some nice tax breaks.

A tax cut package proposed in the state House would exempt gun and skeet shooting club membership fees from sales taxes and provide a tax holiday July 4 for camping gear. The bill says that includes rifles, shotguns and ammunition.

State officials estimate the club membership exemption will cut state and local revenue by $1.2 million. Rep. Matt Gaetz says it’s a good idea because gun clubs promote safety.

So far this year, the Legislature has killed a bill to outlaw backyard shooting ranges and is advancing bills to allow guns to be carried on college campuses and by designated individuals in public schools.