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The state's price gouging law went into effect automatically Friday when President Donald Trump declared a national emergency.

The Emergency Price Stabilization Act prohibits businesses from increasing the price of goods or services more than 10%.

"Scam artists routinely prey on individuals’ emotions during times of fear and crisis,” Attorney General Hunter Mike Hunter said. "I encourage Oklahomans to remain calm but cautious during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Don’t pay inflated prices for things like hand sanitizer, paper towels or other products and services that are becoming sparse.

"If anyone encounters price gouging, fraudulent charities or other crimes related to deceptive business practices, contact my office where we will not hesitate to prosecute in order to shut these operations down to protect our citizens."

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The shelves are almost bare in the bathroom tissue aisle at the Super Target at Memorial and Penn., Friday, March 13, 2020.  [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]

The shelves are almost bare in the bathroom tissue aisle at the Super Target at Memorial and Penn., Friday, March 13, 2020. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]

<figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-b86544015f6f8d2b52b0717fbe3aaef8.jpg" alt="Photo - The shelves are almost bare in the bathroom tissue aisle at the Super Target at Memorial and Penn., Friday, March 13, 2020. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]" title="The shelves are almost bare in the bathroom tissue aisle at the Super Target at Memorial and Penn., Friday, March 13, 2020. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>The shelves are almost bare in the bathroom tissue aisle at the Super Target at Memorial and Penn., Friday, March 13, 2020. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-24af210268fc4d6b0b5ef701f654f071.jpg" alt="Photo - A shopper is stocking up on bathroom tissue at the Super Target at Memorial and Penn., Friday, March 13, 2020. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]" title="A shopper is stocking up on bathroom tissue at the Super Target at Memorial and Penn., Friday, March 13, 2020. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>A shopper is stocking up on bathroom tissue at the Super Target at Memorial and Penn., Friday, March 13, 2020. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-c45762ca7aef68c6dfb11ffb11ef229d.jpg" alt="Photo - All games in the state high school basketball tournament were postponed due to the new coronavirus, at Jim Norick Arena, The Big House, at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City, Thursday, March 12, 2020. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman]" title="All games in the state high school basketball tournament were postponed due to the new coronavirus, at Jim Norick Arena, The Big House, at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City, Thursday, March 12, 2020. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>All games in the state high school basketball tournament were postponed due to the new coronavirus, at Jim Norick Arena, The Big House, at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City, Thursday, March 12, 2020. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-f47289187aee729762751e282132fbf6.jpg" alt="Photo - A sign announces the postponement of the state high school basketball tournament due to the new coronavirus, at Jim Norick Arena, The Big House, at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City, Thursday, March 12, 2020. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman]" title="A sign announces the postponement of the state high school basketball tournament due to the new coronavirus, at Jim Norick Arena, The Big House, at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City, Thursday, March 12, 2020. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>A sign announces the postponement of the state high school basketball tournament due to the new coronavirus, at Jim Norick Arena, The Big House, at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City, Thursday, March 12, 2020. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-a60246650fce62557f77164d61b33487.jpg" alt="Photo - A sign announces the postponement of the state high school basketball tournament due to the new coronavirus, at Jim Norick Arena, The Big House, at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City, Thursday, March 12, 2020. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman]" title="A sign announces the postponement of the state high school basketball tournament due to the new coronavirus, at Jim Norick Arena, The Big House, at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City, Thursday, March 12, 2020. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>A sign announces the postponement of the state high school basketball tournament due to the new coronavirus, at Jim Norick Arena, The Big House, at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City, Thursday, March 12, 2020. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-b1f4a7914ae3405ce35014b81e9c7e5f.jpg" alt="Photo - Jimmy Gibson, of Tulsa, Okla., reads a sign announcing the postponement of the state high school basketball tournament due to the new coronavirus, at Jim Norick Arena, The Big House, at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City, Thursday, March 12, 2020. Gibson drove to Oklahoma City to see Sequoyah (Tahlequah) play in the Class 3A state basketball tournament. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman]" title="Jimmy Gibson, of Tulsa, Okla., reads a sign announcing the postponement of the state high school basketball tournament due to the new coronavirus, at Jim Norick Arena, The Big House, at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City, Thursday, March 12, 2020. Gibson drove to Oklahoma City to see Sequoyah (Tahlequah) play in the Class 3A state basketball tournament. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Jimmy Gibson, of Tulsa, Okla., reads a sign announcing the postponement of the state high school basketball tournament due to the new coronavirus, at Jim Norick Arena, The Big House, at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City, Thursday, March 12, 2020. Gibson drove to Oklahoma City to see Sequoyah (Tahlequah) play in the Class 3A state basketball tournament. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-3b2b22158762b1e8dcfe51b34555b5be.jpg" alt="Photo - Students are silhouetted after school outside of Northwest Classen High School n Oklahoma City, Thursday, March 12, 2020. Oklahoma City Pubic Schools will be closed Friday, March 13, due to the new coronavirus before starting spring break the following week. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman]" title="Students are silhouetted after school outside of Northwest Classen High School n Oklahoma City, Thursday, March 12, 2020. Oklahoma City Pubic Schools will be closed Friday, March 13, due to the new coronavirus before starting spring break the following week. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Students are silhouetted after school outside of Northwest Classen High School n Oklahoma City, Thursday, March 12, 2020. Oklahoma City Pubic Schools will be closed Friday, March 13, due to the new coronavirus before starting spring break the following week. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-9de2c1ab5ea9c20bad60252c7f5752e2.jpg" alt="Photo - Students are silhouetted after school outside of Northwest Classen High School n Oklahoma City, Thursday, March 12, 2020. Oklahoma City Pubic Schools will be closed Friday, March 13, due to the new coronavirus before starting spring break the following week. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman]" title="Students are silhouetted after school outside of Northwest Classen High School n Oklahoma City, Thursday, March 12, 2020. Oklahoma City Pubic Schools will be closed Friday, March 13, due to the new coronavirus before starting spring break the following week. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Students are silhouetted after school outside of Northwest Classen High School n Oklahoma City, Thursday, March 12, 2020. Oklahoma City Pubic Schools will be closed Friday, March 13, due to the new coronavirus before starting spring break the following week. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-e52975625532653e3cb0912ca2cdf2e9.jpg" alt="Photo - A school bus arrive at Del City High School in Del City, Okla. on Thursday, March 12, 2020. Utah Jazz player Donovan Mitchell who tested positive for the coronavirus had a workout session at the school on Tuesday evening. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] " title="A school bus arrive at Del City High School in Del City, Okla. on Thursday, March 12, 2020. Utah Jazz player Donovan Mitchell who tested positive for the coronavirus had a workout session at the school on Tuesday evening. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] "><figcaption>A school bus arrive at Del City High School in Del City, Okla. on Thursday, March 12, 2020. Utah Jazz player Donovan Mitchell who tested positive for the coronavirus had a workout session at the school on Tuesday evening. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-d8e55215d44f81b5fb046fadeac25cd8.jpg" alt="Photo - A student leaves Del City High School in Del City, Okla. on Thursday, March 12, 2020. Utah Jazz player Donovan Mitchell who tested positive for the coronavirus had a workout session at the school on Tuesday evening. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] " title="A student leaves Del City High School in Del City, Okla. on Thursday, March 12, 2020. Utah Jazz player Donovan Mitchell who tested positive for the coronavirus had a workout session at the school on Tuesday evening. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] "><figcaption>A student leaves Del City High School in Del City, Okla. on Thursday, March 12, 2020. Utah Jazz player Donovan Mitchell who tested positive for the coronavirus had a workout session at the school on Tuesday evening. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-c85823bd14cc0b58a8bebd57660e5ed7.jpg" alt="Photo - A school bus passes Del City High School in Del City, Okla. on Thursday, March 12, 2020. Utah Jazz player Donovan Mitchell who tested positive for the coronavirus had a workout session at the school on Tuesday evening. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] " title="A school bus passes Del City High School in Del City, Okla. on Thursday, March 12, 2020. Utah Jazz player Donovan Mitchell who tested positive for the coronavirus had a workout session at the school on Tuesday evening. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] "><figcaption>A school bus passes Del City High School in Del City, Okla. on Thursday, March 12, 2020. Utah Jazz player Donovan Mitchell who tested positive for the coronavirus had a workout session at the school on Tuesday evening. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-c95aeac67f91518ca6a9a483ad97a1e2.jpg" alt="Photo - Signs hang on the door at Yukon High School announcing the cancelation of the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association state basketball playoff games at the school in Yukon, Okla. on Thursday, March 12, 2020. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] " title="Signs hang on the door at Yukon High School announcing the cancelation of the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association state basketball playoff games at the school in Yukon, Okla. on Thursday, March 12, 2020. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] "><figcaption>Signs hang on the door at Yukon High School announcing the cancelation of the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association state basketball playoff games at the school in Yukon, Okla. on Thursday, March 12, 2020. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-0a0223dadfc0268c621f138c754656ea.jpg" alt="Photo - Signs hang on the door at Yukon High School announcing the cancelation of the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association state basketball playoff games at the school in Yukon, Okla. on Thursday, March 12, 2020. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] " title="Signs hang on the door at Yukon High School announcing the cancelation of the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association state basketball playoff games at the school in Yukon, Okla. on Thursday, March 12, 2020. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] "><figcaption>Signs hang on the door at Yukon High School announcing the cancelation of the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association state basketball playoff games at the school in Yukon, Okla. on Thursday, March 12, 2020. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-b74c867a1ef18a049872417663c1f293.jpg" alt="Photo - Yukon High School's John Paul Esparza takes down parking signs as he goes through the doors where signs hang on the door at Yukon High School announcing the cancelation of the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association state basketball playoff games at the school in Yukon, Okla. on Thursday, March 12, 2020. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] " title="Yukon High School's John Paul Esparza takes down parking signs as he goes through the doors where signs hang on the door at Yukon High School announcing the cancelation of the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association state basketball playoff games at the school in Yukon, Okla. on Thursday, March 12, 2020. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] "><figcaption>Yukon High School's John Paul Esparza takes down parking signs as he goes through the doors where signs hang on the door at Yukon High School announcing the cancelation of the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association state basketball playoff games at the school in Yukon, Okla. on Thursday, March 12, 2020. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-c99127b7e3008abc9e370b258aae1c8d.jpg" alt="Photo - David Jackson, OSSAA executive director, speaks during a press conference at the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association office announcing the postponement of OSSAA events, including the state basketball tournament, due to the new coronavirus, in Oklahoma City, Thursday, March 12, 2020. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman]" title="David Jackson, OSSAA executive director, speaks during a press conference at the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association office announcing the postponement of OSSAA events, including the state basketball tournament, due to the new coronavirus, in Oklahoma City, Thursday, March 12, 2020. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>David Jackson, OSSAA executive director, speaks during a press conference at the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association office announcing the postponement of OSSAA events, including the state basketball tournament, due to the new coronavirus, in Oklahoma City, Thursday, March 12, 2020. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-5b1f78538d938e9d9cd5c4119398ac9a.jpg" alt="Photo - OSSAA executive director David Jackson, center, speaks next to OSSAA board president and Millwood superintendent Cecilia Robinson-Woods, right, and OSSAA board vice president and Guthrie superintendent Mike Simpson, left, during a press conference at the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association office announcing the postponement of OSSAA events, including the state basketball tournament, due to the new coronavirus, in Oklahoma City, Thursday, March 12, 2020. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman]" title="OSSAA executive director David Jackson, center, speaks next to OSSAA board president and Millwood superintendent Cecilia Robinson-Woods, right, and OSSAA board vice president and Guthrie superintendent Mike Simpson, left, during a press conference at the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association office announcing the postponement of OSSAA events, including the state basketball tournament, due to the new coronavirus, in Oklahoma City, Thursday, March 12, 2020. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>OSSAA executive director David Jackson, center, speaks next to OSSAA board president and Millwood superintendent Cecilia Robinson-Woods, right, and OSSAA board vice president and Guthrie superintendent Mike Simpson, left, during a press conference at the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association office announcing the postponement of OSSAA events, including the state basketball tournament, due to the new coronavirus, in Oklahoma City, Thursday, March 12, 2020. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-5e3f754abc608b0b308807919ff63a8c.jpg" alt="Photo - Cecilia Robinson-Woods, OSSAA board president and Millwood superintendent, speaks during a press conference at the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association office announcing the postponement of OSSAA events, including the state basketball tournament, due to the new coronavirus, in Oklahoma City, Thursday, March 12, 2020. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman]" title="Cecilia Robinson-Woods, OSSAA board president and Millwood superintendent, speaks during a press conference at the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association office announcing the postponement of OSSAA events, including the state basketball tournament, due to the new coronavirus, in Oklahoma City, Thursday, March 12, 2020. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Cecilia Robinson-Woods, OSSAA board president and Millwood superintendent, speaks during a press conference at the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association office announcing the postponement of OSSAA events, including the state basketball tournament, due to the new coronavirus, in Oklahoma City, Thursday, March 12, 2020. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-9c6490871f1476889b1a8d013fe22f35.jpg" alt="Photo - David Jackson, OSSAA executive director, speaks during a press conference at the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association office announcing the postponement of OSSAA events, including the state basketball tournament, due to the new coronavirus, in Oklahoma City, Thursday, March 12, 2020. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman]" title="David Jackson, OSSAA executive director, speaks during a press conference at the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association office announcing the postponement of OSSAA events, including the state basketball tournament, due to the new coronavirus, in Oklahoma City, Thursday, March 12, 2020. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>David Jackson, OSSAA executive director, speaks during a press conference at the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association office announcing the postponement of OSSAA events, including the state basketball tournament, due to the new coronavirus, in Oklahoma City, Thursday, March 12, 2020. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-fcc8c6f24ac938e8920ebd6ee07e1f1b.jpg" alt="Photo - From right, Cecilia Robinson-Woods, OSSAA board president and Millwood superintendent, speaks next to David Jackson, OSSAA executive director, and Mike Simpson, OSSAA board vice president and Guthrie superintendent, during a press conference at the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association office announcing the postponement of OSSAA events, including the state basketball tournament, due to the new coronavirus, in Oklahoma City, Thursday, March 12, 2020. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman]" title="From right, Cecilia Robinson-Woods, OSSAA board president and Millwood superintendent, speaks next to David Jackson, OSSAA executive director, and Mike Simpson, OSSAA board vice president and Guthrie superintendent, during a press conference at the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association office announcing the postponement of OSSAA events, including the state basketball tournament, due to the new coronavirus, in Oklahoma City, Thursday, March 12, 2020. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>From right, Cecilia Robinson-Woods, OSSAA board president and Millwood superintendent, speaks next to David Jackson, OSSAA executive director, and Mike Simpson, OSSAA board vice president and Guthrie superintendent, during a press conference at the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association office announcing the postponement of OSSAA events, including the state basketball tournament, due to the new coronavirus, in Oklahoma City, Thursday, March 12, 2020. 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[Nate Billings/The Oklahoman]" title="From right, Cecilia Robinson-Woods, OSSAA board president and Millwood superintendent, speaks next to David Jackson, OSSAA executive director, and Mike Simpson, OSSAA board vice president and Guthrie superintendent, during a press conference at the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association office announcing the postponement of OSSAA events, including the state basketball tournament, due to the new coronavirus, in Oklahoma City, Thursday, March 12, 2020. 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Nolan Clay

Nolan Clay was born in Oklahoma and has worked as a reporter for The Oklahoman since 1985. He covered the Oklahoma City bombing trials and witnessed bomber Tim McVeigh's execution. His investigative reports have brought down public officials,... Read more ›

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