In today’s political environment it seems like the 2nd amendment is constantly under attack. However, one state has offered some good news to hunters, shooters, and gun enthusiasts. West Virginia’s pro-gun governor has signed legislation that eliminated the state’s sales tax on guns and ammunition.
According to the Washington Examiner, Republican Governor Jim Justice signed H.R. 2499 into law, removing the sales tax on guns and ammunition while also providing tax credits for gun manufacturers. Republican Del. Gary Howell, the bill’s primary sponsor, applauded the governor’s decision and said the new law will make his state a stronghold for the Second Amendment.
“In 90 days West Virginia will become the single best place for small arms and small arms ammunition manufacturers to locate,” Howell posted on Facebook. “I would welcome all small arms and ammunition manufacturers to move to Mineral County, West Virginia.”
Many across the state are hoping this legislation will entice gun manufacturers to relocate to the state because the law does not just apply to guns but also to machinery used in their manufacturing. Many of the big names in firearm manufacturing started out in states that in recent years have turned unfriendly to gun owners and the 2nd amendment. It appears West Virginia is trying to capitalize on those states’ poor political choices.