AZ Central: Bill offering tax credit for gun classes advances in Arizona House

Arizonans could recoup from state coffers up to $80 spent on firearms training needed for a concealed-weapons permit, under a bill advancing at the Legislature.

The legislation, which would establish a tax credit for such classes, is intended to promote gun safety, said Rep. Steve Montenegro, R-Litchfield Park, the bill’s sponsor. Passage would send a strong signal that Arizona values safety and firearms training, he said.

House Bill 2494 would cost the general fund $1.9 million a year, according to an analysis by the Joint Legislative Budget Committee. The House Ways and Means Committee approved it Monday on a 5-4 vote.

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