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story.lead_photo.caption Sen. Bart Hester, R-Cave Springs - Photo by AP Photo / Danny Johnston

Sen. Bart Hester, R-Cave Springs, on Thursday filed a bill to exempt sales of firearms or ammunition from the sales and use tax for a two-day period in September each year.

The bill also would create a Second Amendment Appreciation Weekend.

Under Senate Bill 126, the purchase of firearms or ammunition for personal use would be exempt from the sales and use tax each year from 12:01 a.m. on the second Saturday in September and ending at 11:59 p.m. the following Sunday.

The bill defines a firearm as a shotgun, rifle or any type of handgun, including a pistol and a revolver. Hester said Louisiana and Mississippi have similar sales-tax holidays and he hopes such a law in Arkansas would help make family protection more affordable.

He said he chose that particular weekend in September after consulting retailers who said their gun sales are usually slow that weekend and because the largest gun show in Arkansas takes place on that weekend at the State Fairgrounds.

But there's a catch before the bill can move forward.

"The big deal is when we get a fiscal impact" statement from the state Department of Finance and Administration, Hester said. If the finance department projects the bill would reduce state tax revenue by at least $1 million, he said he won't ask lawmakers to approve the bill.

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  • RBear
    January 15, 2017 at 2:13 p.m.

    Priorities out of whack. When there is so much to be done in AR, Hester sees this as a priority?

  • TimberTopper
    January 15, 2017 at 3:14 p.m.

    LOL, that's probably the name of his underwear.

  • rosj2002
    January 16, 2017 at 9:02 a.m.

    This could be a good thing. Of course with Lil Bear and Tiny Timber here.....good luck on passing this. You'ns can save your tax dollars on clothes and pencils and notebooks once a year.......how about I save some of my tax dollars on ammo? You see....."priorities" apparently involves only YOU. This is what's wrong with America kids.

  • DontDrinkDatKoolAid
    January 16, 2017 at 9:26 a.m.

    Why is a right taxed to begin with?

  • Packman
    January 16, 2017 at 9:45 a.m.

    Thank you Senator Hester. The 2nd Amendment is perhaps the most important of all and deserves to be uplifted and championed.

  • hah406
    January 16, 2017 at 11:03 a.m.

    How about we just all pick our favorite special interest and create a sales tax holiday weekend for each of them! I personally would like a weekend that I could buy a new car without paying sales tax on it. It isn't that I am against this at all. In fact, I would probably take advantage of it to stock up on ammunition myself, but how many different tax holidays are people going to ask for.

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