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Chris W. Cox: Firearms Fee Hike Is A “Poll Tax”

This feature appears in the March ‘17 issue of NRA America’s 1st Freedom, one of the official journals of the National Rifle Association.  

NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris W. Cox took to NRATV’s Stinchfield Wednesday to condemn the liberal policies that raise the price of using a firearm and limit Americans’ ability to exercise their Second Amendment right.

“Imagine if they tried to do that to the First Amendment tried to do that to your ability to worship the god of your choice—that you’re going to have to pay in order to do those sorts of things,” Cox asserted. “This is a poll tax. It’s designed to prevent people from owning and exercising firearms.”

Cox explained that under these fee hikes, the states’ poorest residents, many of whom live in high-crime areas, may not be able to afford a firearm for self-defense: “It hits the poorest among us, the people who often live in the areas where they probably need a gun more than anyone else from a self-defense standpoint.”

His statement comes after Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy proposed quadrupling the five-year renewal fee for pistol permits to combat the state’s deficits.

“You have a big-spending, liberal governor in Connecticut, who loves to spend tax payer dollars on all of his pet projects. But he’s come up short, there’s not enough tax dollars to pay for all of his favorite programs,” Cox said. “So, he’s looking to leverage it off the backs of law abiding gun owners, and he’s doing it off the poorest people in that state—which is shameful, which is disgraceful and we’re going to continue to shine a light on it.”


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