LOL at how they choose NYC as the reason for the 400% increase in the permit cost but don't mention that NYC's permit is SEPARATE from NY state's permit which is generally much cheaper and varies by county where its issued. NY state law apparently limits the state permit to $10. NYC currently costs $340 for the license and an additional $87 for the finger prints ($427 total).
Rode Island: $40
New Jersey: $20
New Hampshire: $10 (until new constitutional carry law is enacted)
Maine: $0 (constitutional carry)
Pennsylvania: $19 depending on county.
So currently CT at $70 for new permit is already the second highest in the area for state level permits. If they jacked it up it would be the highest for the state level permit by far compared to surrounding states.
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Of course all of this is leaving out the cost of the firearm safety course some states like CT mandate so that's another $100-$150 (or more). And this is all before one then spends money on a firearm.