Woods and Waters An outdoor blog by John McCoy

No tax amnesty for W.Va. gun buyers, after all

gunmoneyFor West Virginia’s gun owners, the joy turned out to be short-lived.

Just two days after the Legislature approved a one-day October tax holiday for gun purchases, Gov. Joe Manchin said he’d probably veto it.

“That gives me heartburn,” Manchin said, referring to the loss of an estimated $25,000 in potential tax revenue.

It will be interesting to see how lawmakers respond to Manchin’s disapproval. The bill passed the House of Delegates 96-2 and the Senate 25-9. It takes just a simple majority vote by each house to override a gubernatorial veto.

If legislators were truly serious when they passed the tax-holiday bill, it stands to reason they’d be equally serious about an override.