03/04/2014 10:44 am ET Updated Mar 04, 2014

GOP Lawmaker Pushes For Sales Tax Holiday On Guns

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One Republican lawmaker is driving an effort to give her state's gun enthusiasts a break on their purchases.

Alabama state Rep. Becky Nordgren (R-Gadsden) launched HR 559 last week -- a bill that would exempt firearms, ammunition and firearms supplies from state sales tax during the weekend before the 4th of July.

According to Al.com, Nordgren called this the "perfect way to celebrate the rights and independence that we hold close to our hearts as Americans.”

In a Monday interview with WSFA-TV, Nordgren also cited rising gun costs, pointing a finger at the Obama administration in the process. The station noted Alabama has only 11 days left in its legislative session, meaning Nordgren will likely move quickly to get the legislation before a House committee.

"The reason why guns and ammo prices have skyrocketed is because of the threats from the Obama administration on gun control," Nordgren said. "And of course, in Alabama, we hold our 2nd Amendment rights very dear."

Similar efforts are also ongoing in Mississippi, where the state's House Ways and Means Committee passed a bill last week to create a "Second Amendment Sales Tax Holiday" during the first weekend in September. The AP reported last week that Louisiana, South Carolina and West Virginia are among the states with holidays like this in place.



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