A new measure sponsored by the state House Majority Leader in Arizona would offer a tax credit to those who seek to obtain a concealed carry permit in the state.
The state currently charges $60 for a permit and $43 for renewals but the bill proposes a tax credit of $80 which would offset the cost, minus training.
According to kjzz,com, law makers in the state feel it will help encourage and increase public safety with more responsible citizens being armed.
House Majority Leader Steve Montenegro, R-Avondale, wants to spur more people to get the permits. His legislation would allow the cost of the required four-hour permit class to be claimed as a dollar-for-dollar credit against what’s owed on income taxes, up to $80. He said it promotes safety.
“Law enforcement have told us time and again that the first line of defense are those that carry CCW permits,” Montenegro said. “In essence, what it does is it’s bringing a level of awareness that we want to make sure that we can say maybe the next generation of those that want to have or possess firearms, they understand that we as a state value making sure that people are educated in how to use weapons or how to carry weapons.
There are around 3 million adults who could take advantage of the law and get the $80 credit, setting the potential cost in lost revenues to the state at as much as $240 million. The legislation has yet to be set for a hearing.
It should be noted that Arizona is a constitutional carry state which allows those who legally own a handgun to carry one without a permit. Still concealed carry permits are encouraged for gun owners to keep up with recent laws and the state makes it fairly easy to obtain one.
Not everyone is happy with the proposal and further costs being passed on to tax payers though. Some calling it “welfare for gun owners”.