Gun lovers load up during Mississippi 'Second Amendment' sales-tax holiday

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Guns and ammunition are being sold tax-free this weekend in Mississippi during "Second Amendment Weekend."

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This comes despite a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that Mississippi has one of the highest rates of gun deaths in the U.S. Mississippi had 587 gun-related deaths in 2016, according to the report.
A pawn shop owner told FOX13 he will sell "500 times the guns" he normally does this weekend.

"It’s everybody wants that 7 percent sales tax, they think they are beating the government,” Danny Metcalf said.

Metcalf said new guns that are sold come with a gun lock required by law, and so do used guns.

He told FOX13 he started giving away gun locks years ago to any gun owner who came in and wanted one.

The DeSoto County Sheriff’s Department offers the "Eddie Eagle" free gun safety program for school-aged children. It teaches them what to do if they come across a gun, like not touching it and running away to tell an adult.