Not only did the recent budget plan by Governor Dannel Malloy add insult to injury by targeting the tens-of-thousands of law-abiding gun owners in Connecticut, but it also demonstrated a clear lack of understanding regarding fundamental constitutional rights. The Connecticut Citizens Defense League ("CCDL") has taken quick action and is fighting back, with support from legislators and the NRA.
The proposal to increase permit renewal fees from $70 to $300 unfairly targets permit holders in an attempt to raise nearly $30 million from a targeted class of citizens. This discriminatory plan is just the latest in a years-long effort to strip law-abiding citizens of a fundamental constitutional right.
While I wasn't able to attend the Capitol News Briefing today, I did give public testimony this past Tuesday, noting that our Governor is following in the footsteps of our lawmakers and courts from the late 1960s, until the Supreme Court of the United States struck down Connecticut Supreme Court caselaw in the matter of Boddie v. Connecticut, 401 U.S. 371 (1971). While it may seem to be an unrelated issue, in my view, the underlying issue of access to a fundamental right is all-too-similar. By planning for an unreasonable price increase, the fundamental right in the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution, "...the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed" . . . is just that, infringed. It will be placed beyond the reach of those on fixed incomes or single parents or those who have children in college.
I'll be watching this issue closely as it unfolds, but in my opinion, it's unlikely it will advance much further given the well organized opposition.