Do high permit fees "infringe" on people's ability to own guns for protection?
On the 10th anniversary of a sweeping state gun control law, patrons at James Dooley’s Middleboro Gun Shop are up in arms over what they see as a further assault on their rights: A proposed doubling of gun license fees.
“Why pick on us?” Dooley asked. “It’s a hidden tax to reduce the number of gun owners.”
Last week, Gov. Deval Patrick proposed doubling fees for gun permits, from $100 to $200. Firearms dealers could be hit with an even steeper hike: their three-year licenses would increase from $100 to $250, with two $100 inspection fees tacked on, bringing the total cost to $450. . . .