Full Story Credit given to the "State House News" This is an excerpt only: HOUSE SHOOTS DOWN GUN SAFE SALES TAX EXEMPTION The House on Monday night narrowly defeated a budget amendment to exempt gun safety locks and gun safes from the state sales tax. Filed by GOP minority whip Rep. George Peterson, members rejected the proposal 59-92 without any stated defense from opponents. Peterson said the amendment would provide incentives for gun owners to further protect their guns. He began his remarks provocatively. “Can anyone in this chamber tell me how much a child’s life is worth?” he asked, before launching into a defense of his amendment, which he said would cost the state about $1 million in lost revenue. The House addressed the issue of gun safes several years ago but during debate limited a sales tax exemption to commercially used safes, Peterson said.