Gun owners and legislators lodged sharp criticisms Tuesday against Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's proposal to hike gun fees to help balance the $20 billion state budget.
Lawmakers on the budget and tax committees are simultaneously analyzing the proposal that would raise $11.6 million per year for increased pistol permit and background check fees.
Public safety commissioner Dora Schriro said the increase was "well-researched, well-reasoned," but declined to predict how the legislature might vote on the proposal by the committee deadlines in late April.
"They are going to have to look at all the options for saving money and generating money and at the end,...