In an attempt to bring more money to the state of Connecticut and climb out of their $3.6 billion deficit, Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy’s (D) has proposed that there be an increase in the cost of pistol permits. For a five year permit, the cost would go from $140 to $370, and the state would take $300 instead of the current rate of $70. Malloy says this would bring an additional “$9 million to the state annually.” Malloy also wants to raise the price for background checks for gun sales and transfers from $50 to $75.
The problem with Malloy’s proposal is that the poor, who often needs the guns the most, may be priced right out of ever owning one because of the increased fees. Opponents argue that the increases would violate Second Amendment rights of those who cannot afford a gun and that prices hikes should take a slow and gradual rise. Further, most feel it is unfair to have Connecticut residents pay that much money just to exercise their Second Amendment rights, which is a right afforded to everyone, including the poor.