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Thursday, August 24, 2017

Utah Legislative Committee Looking Into Carry Fee Increase

Utah gun owners are scratching their heads after a recent fee increase in first-time Utah concealed firearm permits by the state’s Bureau of Criminal Identification (BCI). BCI passed the increase unilaterally, without any of the necessary consideration or approval of the Utah legislature, and the increase went into effect Aug. 1.

A spokesperson told NRA that the increase is due to a change in the FBI’s fingerprint submission process—previously, BCI submitted fingerprints to FBI by mail, but now all fingerprints must be sent electronically. However, this answer raises more questions than it answers—how is it more expensive not to have to pay postage? And in any event, how could the change in FBI submission protocol be responsible, when the rule changed five years ago?

Fortunately, Second Amendment advocates will have the opportunity to ask these questions and any others at an upcoming Administrative Rules Review Committee hearing. The hearing is set for Aug. 24 at 9 a.m., in Room 445 of the State Capitol.

Seattle City Council Candidates Want To Further Punish Lawful Gun Owners

Seattle City Council candidates Jon Grant and Teresa Mosqueda think the city’s tax on guns and ammunition is too low. Currently, law-abiding gun owners are forced to fork out $25 for any gun purchased and 5¢ per round of ammunition. The tax took effect on Jan. 1, 2016, and by all accounts has been a failure. As Fox News noted back in June, firearm sales have plummeted and violence has spiked following passage of the measure.

Additionally, in its first year, the tax raised far short of its $500,000 goal. MyNorthwest reports that it brought in just over $100,000 in 2016. But those figures haven’t deterred Grant, who would like to see the tax doubled to $50 per gun and 10¢ per round of ammo—pricing out even more residents from exercising their constitutional rights. KUOW says that Mosqueda is also happy to look at doubling the tax.

These politicians doubling down on the tax would ultimately amount to wiping out most all of the tax revenue, however. Outdoor Emporium contributed nearly 80 percent of the revenue for 2016, and KUOW reports that the business is prepared to move should the tax double. Either way, it’s a lose-lose for Seattle.


Mississippi Gun, Ammo Tax Holiday Coming This Weekend

Mississippi’s gun and ammo tax holiday, set for this weekend, is a boon to retailers and gun owners alike.

According to a report at clarionledger.com, the weekend—when the state’s 7 percent sales tax is waived for guns and ammunition—has become the biggest weekend of the year for some sporting goods retailers.

“It's actually bigger for us than Black Friday,” Todd Sarotte, manager of Van's Sporting Goods in Brandon, Miss., told The Clarion-Ledger. “It's grown every year, and for the last two years it's been bigger than Black Friday for us.”

Created by a law passed in 2014, the tax holiday begins Friday at midnight and runs through midnight Sunday.

Armed Arkansas Woman Stops Robbery Without Firing A Shot

Friday afternoon, Little Rock Police responded to a possible robbery and found a 57-year-old woman who wasn’t about to be a victim.

According to The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, the woman said she was unlocking her car in a nearby shopping center parking lot at 4:15 p.m. when a man approached. The aspiring robber suddenly grabbed the woman’s purse off her shoulder. At the same time, the woman grabbed the gun she kept inside her bag, instantly ending the potential mugging.

She told police when the assailant saw the weapon, he took off running through the parking lot and disappeared behind a store. No items were stolen, and police are still searching for the suspect.

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