by BigJim Jenness
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Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy wants to quadruple the five-year fee for pistol permits and people getting their first permit would see their fee more than double. Plus, there would be a $70 charge collected by the cities and towns.
Gun rights supporters and state Republican lawmakers are fighting huge gun permit fee increases proposed by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, saying they would price many people out of being able to exercise their Second Amendment right to bear arms.
The Democratic governor wants to quadruple the five-year renewal fee for pistol permits from $70 to $300 as part of his plan to offset a budget deficit estimated at $1.7 billion in the next fiscal year. For people getting their first five-year pistol permits, the fees would increase from $140 to $370, which includes a $70 charge collected by cities and towns. The proposed fees would be among the highest in the country.
Republicans, who are in a slight minority, are fighting against the fees which would make CT’s fees among the highest in the nation.