Senator Josh Brecheen wants to reduce the cost of gun licenses from the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, and possibly eliminate the administrative costs from the local sheriff's office.Brecheen is also considering a rollback of the requirement for fingerprints to obtain the Oklahoma permit. Several states do not require fingerprints. They serve no useful purpose. They add to the cost and difficulty of obtaining a permit. It is likely that *is* the purpose of requiring finger prints, to chill the exercise of Second Amendment rights.
"It's an attempt to make sure cost isn't keeping someone from the right to bear arms in accordance to the law," Republican Sen. Josh Brecheen said.
He and the Oklahoma Second Amendment Association are proposing reducing the $100 for a new license, and $85 for a re-licensing fee to $25 a piece.
John Lott's research has confirmed the obvious. The higher the costs to obtain a concealed carry permit, the lower the percentage of people who obtain the permit. From crimeresearch.org:
Each $10 increase in fees reduces the percent of adults with permits by about a half a percentage point.Senator Brecheen has some influence. He is a member of the Appropriations Committee, and of the Public Safety Committee. The bill, SB5, has not been processed yet.
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