Lawmakers question plan for significant hike in NJ gun fees

Lawmakers question plan for significant hike in NJ gun fees

Gun Rights

TRENTON — Lawmakers expressed resistance at a Department of Law and Public Safety budget hearing Wednesday to Gov. Phil Murphy’s plan to raise gun taxes and fees by just over $9 million. Murphy wants to significantly raise firearms fees, most of which haven’t been increased since 1966. He also proposes a 10 percent tax on ammunition sales and 2.5 percent tax on firearms sales. He also wants to raise the cost of a black-bear hunting permit from $2 to $100. Assemblyman John Burzichelli, D-Gloucester, said of the higher gun fees, which in some cases would increase 25-fold, that “some of them are a little bit steep in the jump.” “I recognize fees have to be adjusted,” he said. “Don’t want to see fees adjusted to a point that they become steep, that they may drive a person who would follow a legal process in a different direction because they can’t come up with the money that we’re now demanding they come up with.” Assemblyman John DiMaio, R-Warren, asked if the plans infringe on the Second Amendment. “It seems to me that we’re looking towards making it more difficult for our legal, law-abiding citizens to obtain a firearm in New Jersey and raising their fees coming down the road here,” he said. “The legal, law-abiding citizens seem to be the target of the most scrutiny for the actual ability to obtain a firearm.” Attorney General Gurbir Grewal said his department provided research but that the Department of the Treasury developed […]

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