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Second Amendment Tax Free Holiday gives some retailers shot in the arm

In 2013, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks sold more than 425,000 resident hunting and fishing licenses. (Photo source: WLOX) In 2013, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks sold more than 425,000 resident hunting and fishing licenses. (Photo source: WLOX)
HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -

At Dad's Super Pawn in Gulfport, sales were booming. But not every retailer benefited directly from the Second Amendment Tax Free holiday.

The tax holiday was signed into law in March by Gov. Phil Bryant, and it promised to have huge economic impact for hunting. In 2013, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks sold more than 425,000 resident hunting and fishing licenses.

The tax relief from the normal 7 percent sales tax began Friday and went through the weekend. Among the eligible items were rifles, shotguns, pistols, revolvers and ammunition.

It was a big enough deal for Kevin Riley to open his store on a Sunday for the first time.

"It has been fantastic," he said. "We've had a record weekend from Friday to today. Our first time open on Sunday. That's exciting for us. We've never done that before. We're pushing close to 500 firearms out the door."

It was also a big enough deal to draw customers like Mandy Hardie. She said she and her husband, Mitch, saved several hundred dollars with their purchases.

"It meant a lot, especially for us being hunters. We were planning on buying it anyway, but being that it's tax free, it gave us more motive to come on down here and get it instead of waiting you know a couple of weeks."

While the story in Gulfport is about unprecedented sales, in Pass Christian, the story is not quite as good.

The popular Gun Ho store and shooting range in Pass Christian was low on sales. However, it indirectly benefited from the law.

"We had a lot people who came in to shoot their new guns," said employee Steven Kellum. "They had purchased guns elsewhere and brought them in to shoot. But our gun sales specifically didn't spike."

And with Louisiana also having the same tax-free weekend in effect, any kind of business will do.

This was the first weekend for the Second Amendment Sales Tax Holiday. The law will occur on the first Friday of each September until midnight on the following Sunday.

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