I was taken aback by an email I received today. It included a proposal from SCOPE that supports renewable pistol licenses. In the email SCOPE justifies the view by saying “Based on the high probability of the passage of one or both of these bills, which we feel it is not realistic to blanketly oppose, we are working on proposals designed to protect our interests while meeting the stated objectives of the sponsors.”
Their proposal includes a 2 tier licensing system. A possession license would require a 5 hour lecture which, according to the proposal, would cost $75 to $100. This training is similar to the NRA first steps course. An optional concealed carry permit would require 16 hours of training in defensive tactics and laws and according to the proposal would cost $150 to $200. This training is similar to the NRA personal protection outside the home I, II and III.
Renewal fees would be limited to actual cost which would be under $50.
The proposal does include some good points such as a provision in the penal law to allow hands on training during the training and removal of the “proper cause” clause for issuing a permit.
I think this proposal creates unnecessary added costs to an already expensive application process. It also adds more burden on licensing agencies that are already months behind and although permit holders will fund the renewals, it does not address funding the added cost of vetting candidates under the two tier system. I don’t think this is a good starting point for a pro gun organization to accept regarding this legislation. I would rather support NYSRPAs position of opposing any renewable pistol license legislation.