This is how the left will ultimately kill gun rights in the United States. They know they can’t repeal the Second Amendment so they’ll just bury it in fees and regulations until it’s impossible for most people to own guns.
Bill passes that could make California concealed carry permits unaffordable
An Assembly bill that could hike the cost of gun permits in the state is now headed to California Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk.
The measure, introduced in June by state Assemblyman Kevin McCarty, requires that the fee charged for a CCW application cover the full costs of both issuing and enforcing the permit. Amended in the Senate, the Assembly concurred 41-29 in a Democrat heavy vote on Tuesday, sending the measure to enrollment on Aug. 31.
McCarty, a Sacramento Democrat, argues his county had a $250,000 shortfall caused by its permitting program.
Currently Sacramento County charges a $20 filing fee; $120 for DOJ fingerprinting, criminal history check and firearms eligibility letter; and a final $80 at the time of an applicant’s interview. Two-year renewals are $77 and updates to a permit such as address changes are another $10. Earlier this year Sheriff Scott Jones froze the permitting program citing budget concerns, electing to only process renewals for several months.
“A CCW permit is a privilege and should only be given to those who have a genuine need to carry a concealed firearm,” said McCarty in a statement, adding, “already strained local governments shouldn’t be forced to cut essential programs because the fees for this privilege don’t cover the full costs to Police and Sheriff’s Departments.”
The bill, AB 450, deletes the current fee schedule that sheriffs and police chiefs can charge for processing concealed carry applications. Current guidelines allow for a maximum of $100 for a new application, excluding fingerprint and training costs. In addition, under the new proposal, applicants can be charged for enforcement of the jurisdiction’s permits– which the language of the act does not identify or put a cap on.
Does anyone believe Governor Jerry Brown won’t sign this bill?
Count on it.