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New York Senate Rejects Handgun Fee Increase

Monday, March 1, 2004

The New York State Senate has rejected Governor George Pataki`s (R) plan contained in budget bills S. 6056/A. 9556 that would have required handgun licensees to pay a $100 "certification" fee to the state; institute a five-year expiration period for licenses (currently most jurisdictions issue lifetime licenses); and charge a fee of $25 for each handgun owned, as well as for amendments, transfers, and duplicates. Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno (R-43) had expressed his dislike for the plan from the outset, indicating that to single out the state`s 1.2 million licensed law-abiding handgun carriers with this large fee increase is unfair. The budget process won`t be over until it`s finally adopted by the Legislature, so it is important to encourage lawmakers to continue to stand firm in opposing the Governor`s plan. To get contact information for your Representatives please use the "Write Your Representatives" feature at www.NRAILA.org.

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Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the "lobbying" arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.