16 March 2010

Gun Sales Tax Holiday Bill Gives Gov "Heartburn"

Gov. Joe Manchin is less than thrilled with an NRA-backed bill passed over the weekend that would create an annual sales tax holiday for guns in West Virginia, The Associated Press reports.

While stressing that he has yet to assess the legislation, Manchin would also not rule out a veto and "expressed concern about any measure that reduces the state's already-weak revenues," the article said.

"That gives me heartburn. That's pure heartburn," the governor told reporters during a post-session press conference Tuesday.

Update: AP had reported on the bill's passage Saturday. The Charleston Daily Mail followed up on the measure's success, while also noting the NRA dynamic.

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