On Sunday July, 13, 2008 Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick filed a special appropriations bill for fiscal year 2008.
Within this bill sections 24 – 27 drastically increase certain firearm licenses. Sections 24 & 25 attack lawfully licensed firearm dealers by increasing their license fees from $100 for three years to $250.
Then it adds a $100 inspection fee in years two and three of the license. This tactic would now turn a $100 three year dealer’s license into a $450 three year license.
Section 26 would increase a resident License to Carry fee from $100 for six years to $200 for six years.
Section 27 would increase a non-resident License to Carry fee from $100 for one year to $250 for one year.
“In light of the recent Supreme Court ruling, this new proposal from the Governor can only be viewed as an attempt to tax people out of their civil rights,” said Jim Wallace Executive Director of GOAL. “With this new proposal, the Governor continues to demonstrate his willingness to attack lawful gun owners while doing nothing to reduce violent crime. The highest court in the nation has ruled that citizens have an individual right to possess a firearm and now our Governor is trying to tax us out of that right!”
A tax on the First, Fourth or Fifth Amendment would never be considered, nor supported, in the Commonwealth.
Please contact your representatives and ask them to vote against this onerous tax on a Civil Right!