The bill, unfortunately, only applies to new concealed carriers, meaning the 250,000 Arizonans who already have a permit won't be able to receive the tax break.
Even so, anti-gunners are already losing it over the bill in it's current form, claiming that it is “pandering” to the “gun lobby” and jeopardizes the safety of Arizonans.
Opponents of the bill claim that the tax break will encourage gun owners to get concealed carry permits and thus increase the potential for violence, but their claims fly flatly in the face of law enforcement officials who are actually tasked with preventing and deterring crime, as House Majority Leader Montenegro points out:
“‘Law enforcement have told us time and again that the first line of defense are those that carry CCW permits,' Montenegro said. ‘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.'
Montenegro justifies the bill, which he introduced Jan. 14, and said it will promote public safety, but critics say it goes too far. People who already have the permit can’t get the tax break. It’s only for new applicants.”
Source: Daily Caller