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Fri March 8, 2013
Ark. House Rejects Bill To Cut Concealed Carry Fee
The Arkansas House has rejected a proposal to cut in half the application fee for obtaining a concealed handgun license.
By a 31-52 vote, lawmakers on Friday rejected the measure, which would have decreased the concealed carry permit application fee from $100 to $50. It would have also further reduced the fee for veterans, people over the age of 60 and residents who have obtained a restraining order.
Proponents of the measure said the fees are cost prohibitive for residents wanting to exercise their Second Amendment rights. Republican Rep. Andrea Lea of Russellville sponsored the bill.
Other lawmakers said they were concerned that such a steep reduction in the fees would deprive the Arkansas State Police, which administers the licenses, of needed revenue.