Massachusetts quietly moving to double permit fees
Story here. The firearm permit annual fee would go from $100 to $200.
the hell they are. it was already unconstitutionally high.
i will openly defy this. i will not renew, and i will carry concealed.
Posted by: jon at July 25, 2008 08:51 AM
Gun owners protest hike in gun permit fees
Dealers could be hit with a huge increase if Patrick plan passes
Last week, Gov. Deval Patrick proposed doubling fees for gun permits, from $100 to $200. Firearms dealers could be hit with an even steeper hike: their three-year licenses would increase from $100 to $250, with two $100 inspection fees tacked on, bringing the total cost to $450.
Cyndi Roy, the governor’s spokeswoman, said the increase in firearm fees has been proposed as one of several “revenue and savings solutions.”
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Posted by: Jack A at July 25, 2008 09:43 AM
I had a Firearms permit in NYC in 1968 which cost $5.00 then. When it renewed 3 years later it was $15 then it went up at then next renewal. The city used it as a source of revenue.
And the City was pretty upfront about doing that also. Nothing new in aspect.
Posted by: Rich at July 25, 2008 01:05 PM
rep. guyer has submitted an amendment:
Posted by: jon at July 25, 2008 04:41 PM
For those of us in RI, which borders MA, and have non-resident permits, the cost would doubly to $200 annually!
Is it legal to charge non-residents 6 times as much as they charge residents?
Posted by: Jim at July 25, 2008 04:54 PM
When Romney was Gov., GOAL and the NRA supported to make Mass. Assualt Weapons ban permanent in exchange for longer license terms. See:
Looks like any benefit they got of longer terms is now lost. Compromise never works.
Posted by: mike123 at July 25, 2008 05:20 PM
The Massachusetts AW ban always was permanent. A few of the usual suspects were running around pushing all sorts of expansions of the ban under the guise of protecting it from what they falsely claimed would be an end to the ban resulting from the subset of the federal ban. In order to get longer license terms and several other improvements in the law, GOAL (the state NRA affiliate) offered a meaningless amendment that reworded the state ban without any actual change except to incorporate the federal list of specific firearms not banned. Regardless, both Romney and the gun ban crowd have described this as "making the ban permanent" ever since. The claim is as Bogus as Carl T.
Posted by: Ken at July 27, 2008 05:23 PM