Madison, Wis. (AP) – Background-check fees on handgun purchases
would increase less than Gov. Jim Doyle wanted, under a proposal
approved by the Legislature’s budget committee.
The Joint Finance Committee voted 12-4 Tuesday to increase the
fee from $8 to $13. Doyle had wanted to raise it to $30.
The Democratic-controlled Legislature must approve the $5 fee
increase before it takes effect.
Republicans criticized it as unfairly taxing people who are
legally buying guns.
The state Justice Department does handgun background checks and
the FBI does it on long-rifle buyers.
Last year the state received about 47,000 requests for
background checks and approved all but about 600 of them.
The $8 fee has not increased since its inception 18 years