Connecticut apparently has a massive state budget deficit. According to Gov. Dannel Malloy, the solution is to pass some of that along to law abiding gun owners by jacking up pistol permit fees in the state by a whopping 400 percent, according to this story from wtnh.com.
The increase would raise permit fees from a modest $75 to $300. A packed Connecticut Citizens Defense League meeting was held in Middletown on Tuesday, the story says, where there wasn’t much affection shown form Malloy.
“I’m a single mom in Waterbury, Connecticut, which is a pretty crime ridden urban area and so this is going to hit me pretty hard; the proposed increase in fees,” said Elizabeth Drysdale, a Drysdale resident, in the story.
Drysdale told the TV station that she came to the meeting because she has two daughters and has a legal permit to protect them, and that she plants to fight for her and her family’s constitutional rights.
“It’s also going to hit my parents, my dad is a Vietnam era veteran and my mom and him are both retired on a fixed income and this is going to hit them equally hard. It’s going to be a double whammy for them,” Drysdale said in the story.
Scott Wilson, the president of the CCDL, says this is an example of backdoor gun control.
“It’s no secret that Governor Malloy has never been a friend of gun owners in the State of Connecticut since he has been the governor, and we think that if he can increase the fees to eliminate some gun owners in the future by not being able to afford the permit fees, the governor would consider that a win,” Wilson said in the story.
Currently, under Connecticut law, residents must have a Certificate of Eligibility to purchase a handgun, long gun, or ammunition. Each is a different permit and they are valid for five years. This means that if an individual wanted to purchase a shotgun, revolver, and ammunition within a five year period, it could cost them a staggering $900 in permit fees.
There is a 14-day waiting period for the purchase of long guns, except for police, military, and those with carry permits. Hunting licenses cannot be used to purchase long guns or ammo.