Fear & Loading: Outflanking the Constitution Economically

Draft legislation obtained by New Jersey Advance Media indicates New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) will be proposing rate hikes in the cost of gun permits and associated licenses significantly enough to add $1.4 million to the state’s budget. Briebart is reporting the plan includes an eightfold increase in the price of a concealed carry permit—from $50 to $400. With only slightly more than 1,000 issued in the gun-restrictive state, though, the bulk of the money will be milked from the added cost of firearm identification cards, which could go from $5 to $100, handgun permits ($2 to $100) and firearm dealer licenses ($50 to $500). Gov. Murphy’s ability to usher constitutionally questionable measures through the legislative process was showcased June 13, when he signed six anti-gun bills into law. They included a ban on magazines with a capacity greater than 10 rounds that makes their possession illegal , with violators facing fines of up to $10,000 and 18 months in jail. Qualifications to secure a carry permit were made even more elusive for economically struggling single parents, or elderly on fixed income, whose incomes often make living in crime-riddled areas unavoidable. NRA-ILA is supporting a legal challenge to the magazine ban, but not every front on this attack of the Second Amendment can be stopped through the judicial process. The economics of the firearm industry is also under assault. Gunsite recently had its credit card processing halted by Intuit, although the situation was remedied with the two firms […]

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