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Hunters scouting for tax free weekend

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DENHAM SPRINGS - Today hunters were hitting hunting gear stores to scout what to buy this weekend when they'll save around 9 percent on state and local sales taxes.

It's part of the state's Second Amendment Sales Tax Holiday. The holiday runs Friday through Sunday. Business expect to be busy this weekend.

"Oh it should be exponentially more busy than a normal Saturday, Sunday afternoon. The event does start Friday, so we're looking to come out of the gates fast." said Anita Bumgarner of Bass Pro Shops.

"I think we're definitely going to see an increase in sales. We're anticipating probably a 20-30 percent increase in what we normally see in weekend traffic," said Cid Dillard of Jim's Firearms.

News 2 caught up with a few shoppers that were getting a head-start on what to buy this weekend.

"I've been looking and shopping around. I know what I want, so I'll be here tomorrow to pick up what I need," said Danny Williamson.

Businesses say the sales tax holiday is good for everyone involved.

"It helps the consumer. It's going to help us move some inventory and help all of the retailers around town. When we make money we spend money somewhere else. I just think it's a great thing for the local and the economy of Louisiana as a whole," said Dillard.

Hunters won't have to pay state and local sales taxes on guns, ammo, off-road vehicles, clothing, safety gear, stands, animal feed and other supplies used for hunting.

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