A new assembly bill is seeking to boost fees of concealed carry permits.
Right now, gun owners applying for a concealed carry permit, also knows as a concealed carry weapon [CCW], pay an initial fee of $44 along with processing fees for background checks and training.
Accompanying Assembly Bill 466 is a newly amended measure, Assembly Bill 450, which would boost permit fees. Assembly Bill 450 would require agencies to charge the full cost of issuance and enforcement.
Introduced by Assemblyman Kevin McCarty, D-Sacramento, AB 466 would clarify existing California law which requires those seeking a permit to cite a "good cause." Assembly Bill 466 would change that definition and require an applicant to show they face the potential for greater harm than the general public.
Opponents say the bill could allow the state to hike the permit fees higher than the average citizen could afford to pay. Firearms Policy Coalition lobbyist Craig DeLuz, said because the bill language is so vague and removes any cap on what can be charged for permits, many people are going to be priced out of a CCW.
“So unless you’re elite and wealthy, you’re not going to be able to afford to get a CCW in some counties," DeLuz said.