Lawmaker pushing for sales tax holiday for guns and ammo

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OKLAHOMA CITY - An Oklahoma lawmaker is proposing a sales tax holiday for guns, ammunition and hunting supplies.

Rep. Mike Turner (R-Oklahoma City) believes the measure will be good for businesses and consumers.

"It might get them in the door and buy a few more items to help out that retailer," Rep. Turner said.

If passed, the Oklahoma Second Amendment Sales Tax Holiday would be the first consecutive Friday through Sunday in September. Rep. Turner said it would be very similar to the sales tax holiday for clothes.

With the recent debate over gun control, several gun shops told News Channel 4 business is booming.

Many places are having a hard time keeping up with demand.

Clay Hoover, with Heartland Outdoors in Edmond, supports the proposal.

"Closer to hunting season that might be a really good thing but right now, quite frankly, demand far outstrips supply," Hoover said.

However, not everyone is sold on the idea.

Oklahoma Democratic Party chairman Wallace Collins believes gun shops don’t need the stimulus.

In fact, he believes the tax dollars this would cost the state would be better spent on education, mental health and veterans’ issues.

Rep. Turner’s proposal is part of House Bill 1429.

According to the Oklahoma State Legislature website, 1,259 bills and 43 joint resolutions were filed in the Oklahoma House of Representatives for the 2013 legislative session.

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