Is your concealed carry permit tax deductible? If you are an Arizona resident, it could be. House Majority Leader Steve Montenegro (R-Litchfield Park) has proposed legislation to provide a tax credit to those that get their concealed carry weapons permit.
House Bill 2494 would give Arizonans a tax credit of up to $80 to cover the cost of a permit and training.
Although Arizona is a “constitutional carry” state, the law currently allows adults over the age of 21 to carry a firearm openly or concealed without a permit, one needs a license to bring one’s weapon into a place where alcohol is served. Another advantage to having a CCW is that Arizona’s license is also honored by many other states. To date, about 251,000 Arizonians have obtained a CCW.
However, those current permit-holders would be ineligible for the credit.
The President of Prescott Gun Club, Don Grier, thinks the bill is a good idea, “if it’s an incentive to go out and get properly trained.”
But Grier, who does have a CCW, understands why some might be against the idea.
“I don’t think it’s an issue of they don’t want it,” he told The Daily Courier. “I think it’s sometimes an issue of time, because they have to commit to an eight-hour class … (and) sometimes they don’t want to get it because they’re concerned about the government compiling registration lists.”
“I would much rather have the benefits that come with the proper training, and the benefits of having the permit, which lets me carry legally in approximately 35 other states,” Grier continued.
Though Sherrie Seibert, co-owner of Prescott Valley’s Insight Firearms Training Development, thinks the bill is a good idea, she also believes in adding some provisions.
“There should also be some type of a state-mandated training curriculum, so that everybody is getting taught the exact same thing,” she said. “Right now, CCW training is somewhat of a free-for-all. There are so many different types of programs you can take in order to apply for a CCW – one of them is a hunter safety course.”
Her husband, Matt Seibert, agrees.
“We just lost reciprocity with West Virginia because of the fact that there’s no consistency in what’s being taught.”
Montenegro, who does have a CCW permit, also says safety is the main priority.
“It’s promoting safety,” he said. “Law enforcement has told us time and time again that the first line of defense are those that carry CCW permits.”
“We want to promote people being educated in having CCW permits,” he continued. “We value those that are able to take these classes and help us with safety.”
The cost of this tax credit? While unlikely, as many as 3 million residents could receive the credit after taking a training course, to the tune of $240 million. But Montenegro says that cost is not an issue.
“We want to promote a safe Arizona. And we can’t put a price on any lives as well.”
If you lived in Arizona, would you support a tax credit for concealed carry permits? Sound off in the comments.
(Editor’s note: This article was a submission from freelance writer Mike Doran.)