I did not see this posted anywhere, so hopefully I am not duplicating. It annoys me that the antis just won't give up--they can't outright ban guns now, but they are doing their best to think up new and creative ways to keep law abiding citizens from owning guns. Any members in MA should forward this to all friends and family and make sure they complain loudly Two alerts below from NSSF & NRA *********************** From the NSSF: Alert: Bill would increase fees for FFLs and CCWs Massachusetts Governor Puts Law-abiding Retailers in the Crosshairs Your Action Needed Governor Deval Patrick (D) is up to his usual tricks of harassing law-abiding citizens and federally licensed firearms retailers in Massachusetts . On Sunday, July 13, the governor filed a special budget appropriations bill for fiscal year 2008. The bill calls for increasing the licensing fee for Massachusetts firearms dealers – a move that could ultimately force many of the state’s retailers out of business. The proposed fee change would increase a three-year license from $100 to $450. The governor is also proposing to increase license-to-carry fees on law-abiding citizens, both resident and non-resident. The license fee for residents will go from $100 for 6 years to $200, while the non-resident license will balloon to $250 a year from $100. “Governor Patrick feels he can now try to supplement the budget deficit on the backs of small mom-and-pop businesses and law-abiding gun owners,” said NSSF Director of Government Relations Jake McGuigan. “Clearly, the goal of this administration is to further restrict the rights of its citizens and businesses through a hefty Second Amendment tax.” NSSF is encouraging all Massachusetts sportsmen, hunters, firearms enthusiasts and retailers to contact their local representatives and senators and urge them to oppose Governor Deval Patrick’s appropriations bill. If you are from a neighboring state, call the governor's office at 617-725-4005 and express your concern about the license fee increase. The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the trade association for the firearms industry, has sent you this message. Legislative Action Aerts are made possible through the generous support NSSF receives from its members. To become a member of the NSSF, please visit http://www.membershipmeansbusiness.org. ********************************************** FROM THE NRA: Massachusetts: URGENT: Governor Patrick’s Anti-Gun Bill Heads to Committee! Wednesday, July 16, 2008 Please Contact the Members of the Committee Today! Yesterday, the Governor's appropriations bill was assigned a number H.4971 and was referred to the House Committee on Ways & Means. As reported earlier this week, sections 24-27 will drastically increase certain firearm license fees. Sections 24 & 25 will increase state licensed firearm dealer's fees from $100 for three years to $250. In addition, licensed dealers will be charged an additional $100 inspection fee per year during each of the three years. This proposed bill would turn a $100 three-year dealer's license into a $450 three-year license. Section 26 would increase a resident License to Carry fee from $100 for six years to $200 for six years and Section 27 would increase a non-resident License to Carry fee from $100 for one year to $250 for one year. Please contact the members of the House Committee on Ways & Means TODAY and respectfully request that he or she oppose any attempt to increase firearm license fees in the Governor's Appropriations Bill. You can find contact information for the members of the committee by clicking here.