(Neb)-Handgun Permit Fee Hike Rejected, $25 Too High
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska lawmakers have rejected a bill that would have raised the cost of a handgun permit from $5 to $25. Lawmakers voted 27-17 on Tuesday to indefinitely postpone the measure, killing it for the rest of this year's session.
Sponsor Sen. Carol Blood of Bellevue argued that the measure was necessary to help counties cover their actual costs of issuing permits and that the Legislature's reluctance to allow such fee increases creates pressure on county boards to raise property taxes.
Nebraska's three largest counties have seen a sharp increase in the number of permit applications that need to be processed, but gun-rights groups and opposing senators said the increase was too large and questioned whether it reflects the actual cost of processing permits.
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