An attempt to raise the fees on gun permits in Nebraska was shot down by lawmakers by a vote of 27-17 this past Tuesday, January 9th, 2017. The “justification” for raising gun permit prices was to help counties cover the cost of processing an increased number of gun permit requests. It never dawned on them, of course, to end the whole gun permitting scheme altogether.
Instead, they are warning that counties may have to raise property tax levels to offset the extra cost of having more people apply for their freedom licenses, that is, gun permits.
Nebraska lawmakers have rejected a bill that would have raised the cost of a handgun permit from $5 to $25.
Lawmakers voted 27-17 on Tuesday to indefinitely postpone the measure, killing it for the rest of this year’s session.
Sen. Carol Blood of Bellevue, the bill’s sponsor, argues that the measure was necessary to help counties cover their costs. Blood says Nebraska’s three largest counties have seen a sharp increase in the number of permit applications that need to be processed.