February 13, 2017 4 COMMENTS

Gun advocates criticize Malloy gun fee plan

PHOTO | Contributed
PHOTO | Contributed
A Colt 45-caliber semi-automatic handgun, which is made at Colt's West Hartford facility.

A Washington-based gun advocacy group is lashing out at Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's budget plan to increase pistol permit fees, arguing the state is trying to balance the budget on the backs of gun owners.

According to the Bellevue, Wash.-based Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, Malloy's proposed budget quadruples the state pistol permit fee for a five-year renewal from $70 to $300.

New permit application fees would rise to $370 from $140.

Citizens Committee Chairman Alan Gottlieb suggested Malloy is "robbing" gun owners "to help make up for his own fiscal failure as the state's chief executive."

A background check fee also would increase from $50 to $75, Gottlieb said.

The Citizens Committee has more than 650,000 members and supporters nationwide.

Malloy has been an advocate for tighter gun control laws, particularly following the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting, which claimed the lives of 26 people, including 20 children.

Implementing a fee structure that is comparable to pistol permitting fees set by the New York Police Department is projected to raise an additional $9 million for the state for Connecticut, said Kelly Donnelly, the governor's director of communications.

In addition, Donnelly said via email, Malloy signed sweeping gun control reforms in 2013 that have led to increased demand for pistol permits, long gun certificates and ammunition certificates.

"Raising the fee will cover the costs of the Connecticut State Police associated with these workload increases," Donnelly said.

EDITOR'S NOTE: This story has been updated to include comments from the governor's office.


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ric bee

02/15/17 AT 09:02 AM
Tell Donnelly that the CSP aka Meter Maids on Wheels would be better disbanded than paid for.We don't need 1,300 of these near useless wasters of energy.Permits could be given by cities authorized by Corrupticut.


02/15/17 AT 09:02 AM
Your description of the Colt firearm pictured in this story is inaccurate. This firearm is NOT an automatic handgun; it is a semi-automatic firearm.


02/15/17 AT 09:02 AM
Why does it take a D.C. lobbyist to complain? No one in the 'Great State of Connecticut' General Assembly...of course not...they already pushed the armament manufacturers out of state...


02/15/17 AT 09:02 AM
Everyone is going to have to pay more: Gun owners, elders in nursing homes, families who need to get their kids healthcare. Towns will have to raise taxes. Education will be squeezed. You know what, if you can afford to enjoy guns for sport or defense, you are going to have to pay more for that. All of us will pay more until we get CT out of debt.
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