“As long as we are providing that service are we getting our chunk of flesh out of that?” Dabakis asked. “We do charge an extra $5 for out of state applications, but what about an extra $50 or an extra $100,” the Democratic lawmaker asked.
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People flocked to Utah to get concealed firearms permit in the 2013 fiscal year, and a Salt Lake County legislator thinks the state needs to exact its pound of flesh from those outsiders.
Sen. Jim Dabakis, D-Salt Lake City, doesn’t believe the added $5 fee for people from out of state seeking a firearms permit in the Beehive State is enough. He aired his concern this week during an appropriations committee, where the head of the Department of Public Safety said the demand for concealed firearms applications and renewals were up significantly during the 2013 fiscal year.
Keith Squires, commissioner of UDPS, told a legislative committee the Bureau of Criminal Identification had a 91 percent increase in permits and renewal applications for concealed firearms in the 2013 fiscal year, which ran from July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013. He estimated 80 percent of the surge was linked to people out of state. There were 165,000 applications for permits in 2013, Squires said.