New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy ran on a platform of strong gun control and was elected, largely due to the large numbers of Democrats that live in the state’s larger cities and due to the way former Republican (RINO) Governor Chris Christie ran the state.
Murphy has managed to get a number of gun control bills passed already, but his latest proposal is designed to make all firearms and ammunition to expensive to sell, buy or own. He wants to raise handgun permit fees from $2 to $50, firearm ID cards from $5 to $100, handgun carry fees fees from $50 to $400, gun dealer licenses from $50 to $500 and wholesale/manufacturing license fees from $150 to $1,500.
(NJ.com) – Gov. Phil Murphy is proposing to significantly hike fees for buying and selling firearms in New Jersey, a move that would raise the cost of gun permits and licenses for the first time in half a century and likely trigger a legal challenge from Second Amendment advocates.
Murphy, a Democrat who has already signed half a dozen gun control bills in his first few months in office, has publicly called for raising such fees.
“It’s hard to believe it’s actually cheaper to get a permit to purchase a handgun, which is $2, than it is to get a dog license in practically any town in our state,” Murphy said at a June 13 bill signing.
New Jersey hasn’t increased fees since the 1960s, but draft legislation obtained by NJ Advance Media shows Murphy wants to raise them far beyond the rate of inflation. The proposal, which Murphy’s office shared with lawmakers as part of the budget process, has not been formally introduced in the state Legislature…
He claims his plan will raise about $1.4 million in revenue for the state with the new increased fees, however, that’s based upon the idea that people will still legally buy their guns and ammunition in the state. Seattle put a tax on guns and ammo only to find that many people went outside the city to make their purchases.