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Arizona would pay people to get a concealed carry permit

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At a time when some localities are doing all they can to prevent citizens from obtaining a concealed carry permit to possess a handgun, a top leader in Arizona is proposing to pay applicants to make the process easier.

Republican Rep. Steve Montenegro, the House majority leader, is offering a bill to give applicants a tax credit up to $80 to cover the $60 permit fee and for training.

Guns.com said Montenegro said, "Law enforcement have told us time and again that the first line of defense are those that carry CCW permits." He also told the popular news site, "In essence, what it does is it's bringing a level of awareness that we want to make sure that we can say maybe the next generation of those that want to have or possess firearms, they understand that we as a state value making sure that people are educated in how to use weapons or how to carry weapons."

The proposal is at the opposite end of the gun rights spectrum from Lowell, Mass., which has begun requiring concealed carry permit applicants to write an essay on why they think they need to carry a firearm.

The full Guns.com story is here.

Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at pbedard@washingtonexaminer.com.