ARDMORE, OK -- The state of South Carolina is the latest state to offer a tax free weekend on the purchase of firearms. Tonight the state of Oklahoma could be next in line to give its residents a chance to save when they buy guns. Austin Wright tells us why some Senate leaders are trying to make it easier to bear arms.
State Senator John Sparks from Norman has proposed a bill that sounds good to gun ethusiasts. But the proposal isn't with out it's skeptics. One state official said that the states tight budget might make the proposal an uphill battle.
It was business as usual at Jerry's Gun Shop in Ardmore Wednesday.
A handful of people browsing the aisles, trying to decide whether to splurge on a pistol or a shot gun.
State senator John Sparks is trying to make gun purchases easier, by offering a once a year tax-exempt weekend on firearms.
Shop owner Steven Harris says it could be a good thing.
"Anything that's going to increase my business I'm all for, anything that is going to befit the consumer I'm all for because in the long run it's going to befit me," Harris said.
Dubbed the "Second Amendment Weekend" proposal, it would allow customers to pick up a hand gun or-- for the true enthusiast-- something with a bit more power, without paying sales tax.
The proposed plan has several customers, fired up.
"Sportsman in this part of the country is a real popular thing so I mean I think that it could really generate a lot of revenue for a lot of people and maybe a certain times of the year where tax dollars really seem to lag," said customer, Dillon Payne.
While the bill seems like a great incentive, its greatest hurdle could be its timing.
Senate leaders say the state is already operating on a budget that numbers a billion dollars less then last year's.
State Senator Johnnie Crutchfield says on that note, the bill might not make the cut.
"The reality is with the economy like it is I don't think that type of bill will get anywhere this year I think its something we might discuss and it may have a time and place when the economy gets better," Crutchfield said.