By Robert Romanowski
The Westchester County Board of Legislators has requested “home rule” legislation from Albany that would allow the County of Westchester to raise Pistol License fees to any amount.
Bill A-07939 introduced in the Assembly by Steven Otis (D-Port Chester) and S06659 in the NYS Senate by Shelly B. Mayer (D- Port Chester) would allow Westchester to have home rule. That is, to set its own licensing fees. Westchester County currently uses the New York State fee schedule. All of this is being done without any comment from the public, pistol licensees or gun owners.
This legislation would allow the county to set fees for new applications, amendments and re-certifications. It has been reported that the current $10.00 fee could rise to as much as $200.00 per year, raising the cost of a 5-year re-certification to $1000.00. This could make pistol licenses unaffordable to a whole segment of the community such as retirees, people on a fixed income and lower income wage earners.
This legislation has nothing to do with any kind of budget shortfall in Westchester County and everything to do with making a Constitutional right unaffordable to as many Westchester County residents as possible and to discourage others from applying for permits.
Beware of actions like this in our home county!
All SCOPE members are urged to contact their State Senator and Assembly member and tell them to please oppose this legislation. By killing these bills in Albany, Westchester County cannot act on this matter.
If you are a Westchester County resident, please call 914-995-2800 to tell your County Legislator that you oppose this legislation.
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