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.
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.