CONSERVATIVES AIM TO SHOOT DOWN PISTOL FEES
News from the Conservative Party of New York State
For more information: Laura Schreiner, (718) 921-2158
FT. HAMILTON STATION, NY -- (01/29/2004; 1030)(EIS)
-- Conservative Party Chairman, Michael R. Long, let New York State Legislators
know, in a strongly worded Legislative Memo, that the proposal to increase pistol
fees is another infringement on responsible gun ownership. Following is the body
of the memo issued to all 212 state legislators:
The Conservative Party of New York State has been
a staunch supporter of the 2nd Amendment of the United States Constitution and
is adamantly opposed to any action that will hinder the rights of Americans and
New York State citizens to own a gun.
We see this proposal as another infringement on
responsible gun ownership.
Section 400.00 of the Penal Law is amended to impose
a $100 State licensing fee on new and renewal pistol or revolver licenses; a
$25 fee on duplicate licenses; and a $25 fee on license transfers. Additionally,
caps on local fees are removed and such fees will be determined by the appropriate
county legislature or the New York City Council.
This bill seeks to establish a 5-year expiration
for gun licenses issued outside of NY City, Long Island and Westchester (where
permit expiration dates already exist). All current holders of "lifetime"licenses
will need to have their licenses certified prior to February 1, 2005 and these
certifications will expire on a 5 year prorated basis in accordance with a schedule
determined by the Superintendent of State Police. The proposal also mandates
that for recertification of a gun license a National Instant Background Check
System (NICS) search shall be conducted instead of requiring the resubmission
of the applicant's fingerprints.
Since there is currently no state fee for gun licenses
the State does not maintain a database of all licensed handguns... this proposal
would make one possible. This, we contend, is another way for the government
to limit the rights of our citizens. How long before they knock on our doors
and tell us our license has expired?
We urge you to vote no on this proposal; law-abiding
citizens should be encouraged to provide for themselves, not economically punished
for doing so.