Apart from shutting down gun sales during the onset of COVID-19, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy wants to enact gun control through the budget. The Democrat governor planned to collect $6.3 million from gun sales over the next eight months by hiking gun taxes and licensing fees.
The new measures included in the 2021 budget proposals would witness pistol permits rise over 2,300% from $2 to $48, while the cost of firearm identification cards would increase by over 1,800%. Currently, it costs $5 to acquire the same, but Murphey plans on raising the price to $98.
Gov Murphey's proposals will also increase the gun dealer's and firearm manufacturer's licenses by 900 percent. Firearm retailers will pay $500 from $50, while manufacturers will pay $1,500 from $150. Ironically, Gov. Murphey plans to rescue the economy using an industry he passionately despises, and the one he has relentlessly tried to shut down.
The new licensing fees will allow him to make up for his mishandling of the economy during the COVID-19 when he failed to reopen the economy despite the state meeting the conditions necessary for early reopening.
"This amounts to a poll tax on gun ownership and a fundamental constitutional right," the Association of New Jersey Rifle & Pistol Clubs said. "The Governor, a Wall Street multi-millionaire who enjoys around-the-clock protection and a taxpayer-paid security detail, has clearly made his position known: elitists with money have more rights than average citizens."
Larry Keane, NSSF's SVP for government & public affairs, called the hike in fees an "anti-gun window dressing" by the governor.
Keane added that Gov. Murphey intends to "price out thousands of law-abiding citizens from exercising their God-given rights enshrined and protected by the Second Amendment."
Rightly so, the unrelenting anti-gun governor signed ten gun control bills since 2018. The current budget shortfall is just another avenue for him to pursue gun control while using the economy as an excuse.
Meanwhile, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick is pushing universal background checks in our state, and if left unchecked, it will not be long until we see bills like this getting traction in Austin. Texas is embarrassingly ranked 29th for gun rights, and with the help of the political elites in Austin, we will surely rank among New York, California, and Illinois if left to their own devices. Please join our fight today, and help us restore Texas' place as the standard for the U.S.
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