Murphy’s hike on gun fees is about control, range owner says

Murphy’s hike on gun fees is about control, range owner says

Gun Rights

It’s been just under a week since Gov. Phil Murphy outlined his $38.6 billion state budget , including a proposed $9 million hike on gun fees and taxes. And that’s sent shockwaves through New Jersey’s community of licensed gun owners and second amendment supporters. Fred "Rick" Friedman, CEO and co-owner of gun range RTSP, said he’s worried that if passed, the increases would make a constitutional right too expensive for a large part of the state’s population. As laid out in Murphy’s budget blueprint, gun fees would increase from $5 to $100 for a firearms purchaser identification card, and from no charge to $50 for a duplicate ID card. They’d increase from $2 to $50 for a permit to purchase; from $20 to $400 for applications or renewals of gun-carry permits; and from $15 to $45 for the National Instant Criminal Background Check System review for firearms purchases. “We’re not being terribly radical on this. Our current gun fees were set in 1966,” Murphy said in his budget address. “It’s now 2019. It’s actually cheaper to get a permit to purchase a handgun, $2, than it is to get a dog license in many of our communities.” Additionally, a new excise tax on ammunition sales of 10 percent would generate $3.2 million. A new excise tax on firearms sales of 2.5 percent would generate $1.4 million. Friedman said that Murphy trying to pass off the firearm-related increases as a money issue is "disingenuous" — that’ it’s ultimately about effecting […]

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