With the state about to tap a surplus from gun registration fees to increase enforcement efforts, a group of 31 Republican lawmakers called Monday for an audit of the account to determine whether gun owners are being overcharged.
The legislators said the Dealers' Record of Sale Special Account should be looked at by the state auditor to determine whether the fee is set at a rate that only covers the state's cost to conduct the required background check of the gun purchaser.
The fee was increased from $14 to $19 in 2004. Since then, the reserve in the fund has risen to a projected $12.7 million next year. Fuller said there is little information to justify fee increases.
“Misappropriation of and the potentially illegal transfer of funds is made easier in an environment with little oversight,” said Sen. Jean Fuller (R-Bakersfield).