http://www.fitsnews.com/2010/07/02/fees-raised-on-cwp-holders/ By FITSNews || Packin heat on the D.L. (at least legally) is about to become more expensive in South Carolina The S.C. State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) is reportedly raising fees on concealed weapons permit (CWP) holders, including GOP gubernatorial nominee Nikki Haley (who received her CWP in 2008). This week, SLED sent a notice to CWP instructors alerting them to the fact that permits will no longer be accepted in the mail. In fact, after July 9, if citizens wish to obtain a new permit or renew an existing permit, they will be required to schedule an appointment with a company that SLED has hired to collect and store their fingerprint information. Fingerprints are already required for CWPs, but under the new system being implemented by the agency they must be collected digitally by a representative of the company a major headache for CWP holders. In addition to the wasted time, an additional $10 fee will be associated with the inconvenience. SLED which is part of Gov. Mark Sanfords cabinet is operating on a $63.7 million budget for the 2010-11 fiscal year. Thats $2.4 million less than it received a year ago, which is interesting when you consider that this years S.C. budget (post-vetoes, anyway) is the largest in state history. So much for funding core functions of government, right? Also, were surprised that Gov. Sanford who vetoed fee increases for the states court system after they were initially exposed by FITS would permit one of his cabinet agencies to turn around and quietly raise fees less than a month later. Incidentally, S.C. Sen. Tom Davis (R-Beaufort) has sponsored legislation that would require the General Assembly to approve any fee increases beforehand a move that would save Palmetto state taxpayers millions. Davis bill passed the S.C. Senate (amazingly) but was bogged down in the S.C. House by Rep. Danny Cooper, chairman of the Ways & Means Committee. UPDATE: We just spoke with SLED Chief Reggie Lloyd who confirmed the $10 charge but says that its not a fee his agency is collecting. Lloyd says the money will go directly to Lifescan, the company collecting the fingerprints. Lloyd also says that the new electronic system will reduce processing time from three months to a couple of weeks.