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Jim's Firearms gunsmith Pete Underwood, left, helps customer Roland Escher, right, of Baton Rouge, as he handles a hunting rifle customized by Underwood, Friday, Sept. 7, 2012, on the first day of the Louisiana Second Amendment Weekend Sales Tax Holiday, which provides an exemption from state and local sales and use taxes on individuals' purchases of firearms, ammunition and hunting supplies, on the first Friday through Sunday every September. Escher was picking out a rifle for his wife at the store, for an upcoming hunting trip.


The Senate passed legislation Wednesday night that would roll back part of a sales tax exemption that is offered during the Annual Louisiana Second Amendment Weekend Holiday.

Senate Bill 22, which now goes to the House for consideration, would require sales taxes to be paid during the tax holiday on certain hunting supplies and accessories, such as shoes, bags, float tubes, binoculars, tools, firearm and archery cases. The legislation would raise about $400,000 for the state general fund and another $400,000 for local governments.

The legislation passed the Senate on a vote of 22 to 6. Ten senators didn’t vote.