By Beth Baumann
Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy made a drastic announcement: in order to make up for the state’s budget deficit, the state is drastically increasing the price of concealed carry applications to generate revenue. To address Connecticut’s $3.6 billion shortfall, Malloy has suggested increasing permits from $70 to $300, a more than 420 percent increase. He also suggested raising the initial 5-year pistol permit fee from $140 to $370, a more than 250 percent increase. In addition, Malloy wants to increase the background fee from $50 to $75.
Based on Gov. Malloy’s estimates, upping the price of permits would generate $9 million in new revenue and increasing the background check fee would bring in an additional $2.6 million.
“When you consider just six years ago a five-year renewal was only $35, in six years we’ve seen a near tenfold increase,” Scott Wilson, Connecticut Citizens Defense League (CCDL) president told the Hartford Courant.
Wilson explained gun owners’ feeling about the proposal to the New Haven Register:
We feel that the increase of Pistol Permit fees 400 percent is astronomical. This will have a deep impact on those who only wish to protect their own lives, and the lives of their families. Many …Read the Rest
Source:: Bearing Arms