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Nuclear Unicorn

(19,497 posts)
Mon Aug 17, 2015, 08:24 AM Aug 2015

How much should a FOID/CC license cost?

Last edited Mon Aug 17, 2015, 09:05 AM - Edit history (1)

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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How much should a FOID/CC license cost? (Original Post) Nuclear Unicorn Aug 2015 OP
Only commercial/professional licenses should have a cost discntnt_irny_srcsm Aug 2015 #1
CT is $140 plus the pistol permit course Lurks Often Aug 2015 #2
Imagine if voting registration were this "efficient." Nuclear Unicorn Aug 2015 #3
Illinois resident $150, non-resident $300 DonP Aug 2015 #4
I don't think the government part of it should cost anything; only the aspects petronius Aug 2015 #5
in NC a permit to purchase is 5.00 (I think) this covers the paper work littlewolf Aug 2015 #7
Maryland HQL Kang Colby Aug 2015 #6
The same as voter registration.... virginia mountainman Aug 2015 #8
The same as any other right we have to pay for. ileus Aug 2015 #9


(18,506 posts)
1. Only commercial/professional licenses should have a cost
Mon Aug 17, 2015, 09:24 AM
Aug 2015

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

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


Lurks Often

(5,455 posts)
2. CT is $140 plus the pistol permit course
Mon Aug 17, 2015, 09:47 AM
Aug 2015

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



(6,185 posts)
4. Illinois resident $150, non-resident $300
Mon Aug 17, 2015, 10:37 AM
Aug 2015

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.


(26,631 posts)
5. I don't think the government part of it should cost anything; only the aspects
Mon Aug 17, 2015, 10:49 AM
Aug 2015

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...


(3,813 posts)
7. in NC a permit to purchase is 5.00 (I think) this covers the paper work
Mon Aug 17, 2015, 12:08 PM
Aug 2015

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.


Kang Colby

(1,941 posts)
6. Maryland HQL
Mon Aug 17, 2015, 12:03 PM
Aug 2015

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.

virginia mountainman

(5,046 posts)
8. The same as voter registration....
Mon Aug 17, 2015, 12:25 PM
Aug 2015

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

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