Prince Vega – Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy is proposing an increase to state permit fees from $70 to $300 and a increase to background checks from $50 to $70. The proposal alarmed pro-gun groups who criticized the Governor of trying to target low income families who wouldn’t be able to afford the highly increased tax that even hikes renewal fees up to $300.
“Gov. Dannel Malloy’s proposed tax hike would make it harder for Connecticut’s law abiding citizens to defend themselves,” Christopher Kopacki, who is the Connecticut liaison for the National Rifle Association of America, said.
Senate Republican President Pro Tempore Len Fasano (R-North Haven) also slammed the proposal, saying the governor is “targeting gun owners for political reasons” and singling out poor income families.
House Minority Leader Themis Klarides, R-Derby, also slammed the increase.
“To go after the person who works hard and pays taxes because you don’t agree with their personal choices that are protected by the Constitution is just plain wrong,” she said.
Back in 2013, Mallloy banned high-capacity gun magazines to assault weapons. The state now requires a background-check for the purchase of ammunition.