Gun owners not pleased by Malloy's permit proposal
Gun owners and sellers say they are displeased about a new proposal by the state that would increase the cost of a pistol permit from $70 to $300.
Bob Montlick, owner of Bob's Gun Exchange, says he fears some of his customers will be priced out.
"I don't think it's fair," he says. "A lot of the working class people struggle. Skeet shooters, trap shooters- they save up money every week for months and months."
Some worry the hike will encourage people to avoid registering guns, skipping the required safety training.
"You've got people who are going to get a handgun and not be properly trained. It's like having a car without a driver's license," says Drika Costantino, of Cos Cob.
Gov. Dannel Malloy says the fee will help with the state budget gap.
Shooting organizations say they plan to rally in Hartford on Friday, Feb. 17, at 11 a.m. to voice their opposition to the fee hike.