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OKLAHOMA CITY -- A 30-year-old ordinance in Oklahoma City that bans ticket scalping could soon be a thing of the past.

Next week the city council will consider repealing the city's anti-scalping laws.

The discussion all started with a plan to create a scalper-free buffer zone around any event where tickets are sold.

That idea found little support.

The new plan would remove all restrictions on the resale of tickets.

With the Thunder shooting their way to the playoffs, tickets to get into the Chesapeake Arena will be a hot commodity.

That could lead to lots of scalpers reselling tickets, especially if the city's scalping ban is shot down.

"I think we ought to repeal the old ordinance and go on," OKC councilman Pat Ryan said.

Councilman Ryan opposes the current scalping law limiting the resale of tickets to a mere 50 cents above face value.

Ryan believes the open market should dictate price.

"I don't believe the government has any right to get between a willing buyer and a willing seller," Ryan said.

"The political will seems to be let the free market reign and have no restriction on the resale of tickets," OKC special projects manager Tom Anderson said.

The fact is, if the scalping restriction is removed, the city certainly won't be alone.

"Oklahoma City is the only city in Oklahoma that has an anti-ticket scalping law on the books," Anderson said.

Mike Chandler, an admitted scalper, worries an all out repeal will lead to more fraudulent tickets being sold to Thunder games.

"If you open it up to just anyone that wants to come to town on their way through, I think that's bad as far as to protect the public," Chandler said.

The council is set to vote on the possible repeal next week.

Councilman Ryan said if that passes, he will explore the possibility of having ticket scalpers secure a city license.

That's an idea Chandler actually supports.