Proposed Michigan Legislation Could Mean Easier and Faster Permits For Residents

February 21 2014
by GSL Staff
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stock_holsterA bill introduced in Michigan this week could mean more citizens will have an easier time getting a carry permit.

Currently, the permitting process if handled by a county licensing board. Obviously that means that some counties could be abusing their power by not issuing permits in a timely manner. It also makes for an inconsistent experience from county to county.

The proposed law would transfer the permitting process to Department of State Police and County Clerks as well as puts a time requirement on the issuance of permits. In theory, this should speed up the permitting process and make it more consistent.

It’s not constitutional carry by a long shot, but if it means more law abiding citizens can legally carry firearms then I’m on board.

The following is from the NRA-ILA,

Earlier this week, an important pro-gun bill was introduced in the Michigan Senate. Senate Bill 789, sponsored by state Senator Michael Green (R-31), would eliminate county concealed carry licensing boards and instead transfer all of their duties to the Department of State Police and county clerks. SB 789 seeks to make the concealed pistol licensing (CPL) process more efficient and cost-effective for gun owners across the Great Lakes State.

SB 789 will include creation of a true ‘shall issue’ CPL system for law-abiding citizens and a requirement that licenses be issued within 45 days from the date the applicant has fingerprints taken, with penalties for counties that fail to comply with the law. This legislation has been referred to the state Senate Judiciary Committee where it is awaiting consideration.

Please know your NRA is supporting this critical reform and will keep you updated as it moves through the legislative process. As always, keep an eye on your e-mail and www.nraila.org.

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