Governor Dannel Malloy is facing a rather intimidating $3.6B deficit in Connecticut, but he thinks he knows how to fix it.
His plan, unfortunately, comes at the expense of those exercising their Second Amendment rights to bear arms. He intends to drastically raise the prices of concealed carry permits more than 420%, from $70 to $300. Also suggested was raising the “5-year pistol permit” fee from $140 to $370, or more than 250%
Background check fees may also see a modest increase from $50 to $75. Based on these numbers, the permits would bring in $9M in new revenue while the background checks would bring in an estimated $2.6M.
That doesn’t even begin to put a dent in the billions of dollars in debt, and isn’t considering how the new prices will drive people away from applying for a concealed carry permit, or prevent them from purchasing firearms altogether.
This plan directly discriminates against low-income Americans who want to purchase and carry firearms for self-defense. Scott Wilson of the Connecticut Citizens Defense League (CCDL) noted that this is not the first time that prices have been raised.
When you consider just six years ago a five-year renewal was only $35, in six years we’ve seen a near tenfold increase.
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 Connecticut gun owners are struggling with the current economic conditions in our state. If a cost increase of this measure goes through in the governor’s budget, we will consider this an infringement on the 2nd Amendment. If Connecticut residents are forced to pay exorbitant fees in order to purchase and/or carry a firearm for protection, it legitimately ceases to be a right anymore.
The citizens of Connecticut need to contact their Governor and voice their displeasure about the absurd increase in prices. The Second Amendment wasn’t supposed to be taxed until only rich people can afford it, it is a right that every American – rich or poor, black or white, gay or straight – is supposed to be able to rely on.