SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - The weekend of Sept. 5, will be a great time for hunters in Mississippi to save some cash. It's the first ever Second Amendment Sales Tax Holiday for our state.
This holiday means extra preparations for Academy Sports in Gulfport. Store Director James Lamb made sure his store was ready for a surge in customers.
"We're staffed up for it. We've beefed up our staff for the two days," said Lamb.
According to Lamb, the timing is perfect for the demand. North Mississippi's dove season is already underway.
"In South Mississippi, we're going to open up, I believe, on the 13th. So, deer season is right around the corner, so everybody's all excited about guns and ammunition," said Lamb.
As a sportsman, he is excited about the savings the weekend will offer.
"I tell you, I'm looking at some guns myself," said Lamb.
The tax exemption will begin Sept. 5, and end on Sept. 7. It's all part of a law the state legislature passed. This law went into effect on July 1. Several of the items included in the exemption are firearms, ammunition, bows and arrows and holsters.
Customers are getting excited about the weekend and say it's past time for the state to implement this law.
"Louisiana's been having a tax free weekend on all stuff for a long time," said one customer.
In fact, Louisiana's tax free weekend will be happening at the same time.
"Because they're on the same weekend, I can get that shopping done completely," said Mike Peterson.
Peterson is from Louisiana and said that Mississippi sporting goods stores have a few things that he can't find in his home state.
"I'm going to take advantage of that. I'm just glad to be here on the right weekend," said Peterson.
Among the items not tax exempt during the sales tax holiday are gun safes and racks, knives and fishing equipment.