Tulsa lawmaker wants repeal of gun tax
By WORLD CAPITOL BUREAU
Published: 12/16/2008 10:37 AM
Last Modified: 12/16/2008 10:37 AM
OKLAHOMA CITY ó A Tulsa lawmaker said Tuesday he will file legislation to repeal the sales tax on the purchase of guns or ammunition in Oklahoma.
"As Americans, we should not have to pay a tax to exercise our constitutional rights ó especially our Second Amendment rights," said Rep. Eric Proctor, D-Tulsa.
The measure, by Proctor and state Sen. Kenneth Corn, D-Howe, D-Poteau, will not affect any dedicated revenue stream for wildlife or other programs, Proctor said, adding it would have minimal impact on the state treasury.
"In Oklahoma, we have a long tradition of sportsmanship and hunting that precedes statehood and we should protect that heritage," Proctor said.
He said the tax should also be repealed because it could be a barrier for those needing protection.
"People shouldn't have to pay a tax to the government if they need a gun in the home for self-protection," Proctor said. "No matter what, the responsibility to protect your family is greater than the state's need to generate taxes."