A call to lower costs of gun carrying in TN
In the Nashville City Paper.
"Applying for a gun carry permit in this state costs a resident an initial $115. That comes on top of an instant-check fee of $10 and a sales tax of around 10 percent on a purchase that can run anywhere from a couple of hundred dollars to a couple of thousand dollars.
On top of all of this is an extra $100 to $150 for a gun safety class from a state licensed private business that offers them. Passing the class is a prerequisite to actually obtaining the gun carry permit....
The extra costs added by state government to even a modest purchase of a $300 used handgun can almost increase the purchase price by 50 percent in an area where permit classes are given for free. The government-related charges can literally double the entry price to carrying a handgun for self-defense where these classes are not offered by local police departments."
UPDATE: public benefit is a good point. I know there have been some critiques of Lott, with his replies, but I fear statistics at that level is beyond my judgment. I did note that the debate was between (1) more CCW permits lowers crime rates and (2) more CCW permits does not affect the crime rate. Not even Lott's critics were arguing that more CCW permits increase violence.