Thursday, July 18, 2013

Gun silencers and food donations

Are you wondering what gun silencers and food donations have in common?

They're both the subject of bills introduced in the Ohio House of Representatives.

H.B. 234, introduced by Reps. Cheryl Grossman and John Becker (both Republicans) would allow a person to use a "noise suppressor attached to a gun while hunting game birds or wild quadrupeds."

You'd still have to obtain a hunting license and would have to be authorized under state or federal law to own the suppressor, but if the bill is passed, you'd be able to use it when hunting.

Other than not disturbing neighbors, I don't see the attraction. But I must say this is quite appealing considering the duck hunters who start firing at 0 dark thirty in the fall when I'm trying to sleep.

H.B. 230 would "authorize an income tax or commercial activity tax credit for businesses that donate food inventory to charitable organizations." Grossman and Marlene Anielski (R) are the sponsors.

The credit would be 10% of the amount deducted on the Federal Income Tax form and the food would have to be "apparently wholesome," as defined by section 170 of the Internal Revenue Code.

Just wondering...could you use the silencer to shoot ducks and deer and then get a tax deduction for donating them?

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