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Mon Aug 17, 2015, 07:24 AM

How much should a FOID/CC license cost?

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In this era of nearly instantaneous records checks it's not exactly a time consuming task requiring significant amounts of effort.

Personally, I think it shouldn't cost more than a drivers license, probably less.

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Reply How much should a FOID/CC license cost? (Original post)
Nuclear Unicorn Aug 2015 OP
discntnt_irny_srcsm Aug 2015 #1
Lurks Often Aug 2015 #2
Nuclear Unicorn Aug 2015 #3
DonP Aug 2015 #4
petronius Aug 2015 #5
littlewolf Aug 2015 #7
Kang Colby Aug 2015 #6
virginia mountainman Aug 2015 #8
ileus Aug 2015 #9

Response to Nuclear Unicorn (Original post)

Mon Aug 17, 2015, 08:24 AM

1. Only commercial/professional licenses should have a cost

All others, CC, drivers, radio... should be free.

PIs, bounty hunters, law enforcement, body guards... should require licenses.

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Response to Nuclear Unicorn (Original post)

Mon Aug 17, 2015, 08:47 AM

2. CT is $140 plus the pistol permit course

 

The process is as follows:
1 Pick up the paperwork from the town police
2 Take the pistol permit course, cost varies from instructor to instructor but is usually about $100
3 Return to the town police with the completed form, proof you passed the course. The town police will fingerprint you and you pay $70 to the town. Legally the town is required to either deny you or issue a town permit, which is only good for the town you reside in. Some towns with anti-gun police chiefs will stall past the 8 weeks. The appeal process in these cases is to go the Board of Permit Examiners (BPE), but since their current backlog is about 18 months, the permit applicant is SOL.
4 One takes their town permit to the state police and gives them $70 for the state permit, renewal is every 5 years and costs $70; There is no requirement to keep a town permit current, failure to renew on time means you start the entire process all over again.

So about $240

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Response to Lurks Often (Reply #2)

Mon Aug 17, 2015, 09:00 AM

3. Imagine if voting registration were this "efficient."

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Response to Nuclear Unicorn (Original post)

Mon Aug 17, 2015, 09:37 AM

4. Illinois resident $150, non-resident $300

 

Plus the Illinois FOID card, $10.

That doesn't count the required 16 hours of training either. That can range from $150 to $300, depending on the frills involved (lunch, range time, rental guns etc.)

It's a de-facto discrimination program against the poor.

But a lot of instructors are cutting their price down to basic costs and, basically, donating their time for some groups.

The more people that have that choice, the better.

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Response to Nuclear Unicorn (Original post)

Mon Aug 17, 2015, 09:49 AM

5. I don't think the government part of it should cost anything; only the aspects

that involve a private entity--a dealer administering a test, for example--should allow a fee (and there should always be a reasonable route to avoid the cost).

RKBA is a civil liberty, and there should be minimal/no arbitrary barriers to exercising a civil liberty. FOID requirements and such are already a barrier, which I agree is a legitimate one, but the issuance of permits can easily be done with no charge to the individual, and therefore it should be...

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Response to petronius (Reply #5)

Mon Aug 17, 2015, 11:08 AM

7. in NC a permit to purchase is 5.00 (I think) this covers the paper work

at the sheriffs office and the place where you are buying the gun.
a CCW is a bit more pricy ..
if I remember correctly it was 80.00 for the permit, 5.00 to process your fingerprints, and 30 dollars for the class.
it is good for 5 years and then it is 75.00 to renew the cost of the class varies depending on who does it and
what they charge.

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Response to Nuclear Unicorn (Original post)

Mon Aug 17, 2015, 11:03 AM

6. Maryland HQL

As of 10/1/2013, in order to purchase a handgun in Maryland one must have a Handgun Qualification License (HQL). The HQL is for purchase only and does not authorize concealed carry.

First you need to find an HQL class, which will run $60-$165 dollars. You will need to rent a gun and in all likelihood purchase marked up range ammo from the range since you're using their rental. That's another $50.00 total. Then you need to pay for electronic fingerprinting which is around $60.00. Then you can pay the $50.00 application fee. Hopefully you have Internet access and a CC/debit card to pay the application fee. Now you will wait for 14-30 calendar days for your HQL to arrive.

Once that's done you can purchase a handgun, but you will need to pay $35.00 for a bore obstruction device (in most cases) and $20.00 for a spent shell casing if the gun doesn't come with one. Spent shell was repealed this summer and will no longer be in effect as of 10/1/2015. You will have to pay a $10.00 background check fee when you submit the purchase paperwork known as a 77R. Then you will wait for a mandatory minimum of 8 days for the "not disapproved" to come back from Maryland State Police.

All told, the process will cost around $300.00 before you carry the pistol home. Despite all that....Baltimore.

To answer your question, the cost should be $0.00. I do not believe purchase licenses or concealed carry permits should exist. States like Vermont, Maine, Kansas, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, and Wyoming have it right.

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Response to Nuclear Unicorn (Original post)

Mon Aug 17, 2015, 11:25 AM

8. The same as voter registration....

Having to pay, to exercise a civil liberty sets a bad precedent for the rest of our civil liberties.

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Response to Nuclear Unicorn (Original post)

Mon Aug 17, 2015, 01:11 PM

9. The same as any other right we have to pay for.

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