Will wonders never cease?
Governor of Mass. sends proposal for doubling the present $100 pistol permit fees to the legislature, and the Massachusetts House instead passes a bill cutting them to $40.
Hat tip to reader Jack Anderson...
Posted by: jon at July 30, 2008 07:50 PM
Does anyone know if they adjusted the fee for non-residents as well? We're currently paying $100 annually...
Posted by: Jim at July 30, 2008 09:41 PM
What you are seeing is political positioning by Democrats in Mass. to insulate themselves against any pro-gun attacks during the election. Notice, no guns laws have been changed except for the this fee. Mass. still has its stupid gun laws in place, but the only difference is that the price just got a little bit lower.
The good news is that this move must be something that they think their residents approve of. This might be a good time for Mass. residents to push hard on concealed carry. Politics is about momentum and after Heller; the momentum is clearly with us.
Posted by: ATL at July 31, 2008 07:53 AM
That's still pretty amazing though. I guess they can see the poll tax parallel coming.
"This might be a good time for Mass. residents to push hard on concealed carry." Do you mean shall issue? (I'm lucky, my town is pretty much that way.)
Posted by: BlackX at July 31, 2008 10:34 AM
The language for the decreasing of the fees was stripped from the bill. It'll still cost ya $100 for a resident FID/LTC. The good news is that the Governor's proposal to increase fees went down in flames. I hope that all of the folks in the legislature that endorsed the amendment that would bring the fees more in line with neighboring states stay on the case for the next session. It's a slow march but we're still moving forward.
Posted by: Greg at July 31, 2008 11:11 AM
a lot of the counties in MA are shall-issue; by and large, CCW isn't a perceived problem for the folks the legislature thinks care about it most. it's basically transformed into a wedge issue, in that respect.
we're going to hit them even harder on repealing the income tax and decriminalizing marijuana. even if they don't pass, there will be a good showing.
Posted by: jon at July 31, 2008 02:22 PM
Wow Jon, That's not something I ever thought we would see on this site.
Posted by: Tom at August 1, 2008 07:40 PM