Good info from the Shooting Wire! West Virginia's closing in on one of those tax-free guns and ammo holidays. West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin is expected to sign a bill passed over the weekend by the West Virginia Senate that will set out one day in October when state sales tax on guns and ammo will be eliminated. It seems these sorts of holidays, along with a movement among the states to declare guns made, sold and used within their borders as no longer subject to federal regulations are pretty clear declarations that the citizenry has had about all the Washington intervention it can tolerate. South Dakota has joined Tennessee, Utah, Wyoming and Montana in declaring the state's internal firearms industry (if one emerges) as no longer covered by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms regulations. Gary Marbut of the Montana Shooting Sports Association is the unofficial "godfather" of the movement. Other states considering similar legislation are: Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, Washington and West Virginia. And on the international front, it seems there's an emerging groundswell for the preservation and expansion of firearms rights wherever possible. We learned yesterday that the Second Amendment Foundation has joined The International Association for the Protection of Civilian Arms Rights (IAPCAR). According to the SAF's Alan Gottlieb, organizations and gun rights activists from Sweden, Norway, Germany, the United Kingdom, Canada, Italy and the United States met last week in Norenberg, Germany to kick their work off. Their official slogan: "Liberty and Security" And it seems the movement is growing, with Switzerland, Belgium, Argentina, Finland, India, Israel, Greece, South Africa, Australia and the Philippines also looking at joining the group. "Self-defense is a human right," Gottlieb says, "that is not just limited to citizens of the United States thanks to our Second Amendment. We look at IAPCAR as an organization that can counter the world gun control campaign currently being waged by the International Action Network on Small Arms (IANSA). We will provide rebuttal to IANSA's misinformation and myths about firearms ownership, and work to expand the individual human right to defend ourselves and our families from crime, the violence that often accompanies civil unrest and the growing threat of terrorism." IAPCAR will have offices in Washington, DC and Vienna, Austria. Mark Barnes, a Washington attorney will serve as managing director. As the firearms freedom movement continues to grow - we'll keep you posted.