What caused Governor Snyder to veto this bill last time?
What are the arguments for and against the bill?
Senate Bill 34 has been approved by the Senate with a vote of 28-9. What does this concealed weapons bill change and how will it affect you?
Michigan Governor Vetoed the Bill
In December, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder vetoed a bill backed by the National Rifle Association. The Governor’s reasoning was the controversial piece of the bill that regarded personal protection orders. Mlive.com reported that that the governor believed that this bill could jeopardize the existing protections for domestic abuse victims.
The Bill Gets Revised
The bill was then revised and now is being revisited. Senator Mike Green is the republican who is sponsoring the bill. According to the Detroit News, Green disagrees with the Governor’s reasoning, but made the changes anyway. Green says that there are federal safeguards to prevent that.
Even with the federal safeguards, Green removed the references to personal protection orders. Originally, the bill would have allowed those with a PPO against them to obtain a concealed weapons license as long as the judge did not prohibit them.
What Does this Bill Change?
The main change if this bill passes is that there will no longer be local gun boards to approve applications that seek a concealed weapons license. The gun boards have been around since 1927.
These boards are usually made up of local prosecutors and law enforcement officers. Backers of the bill say that this part of the process is slow and costly.
Instead, applicants will head over to the county clerk’s office. The applicant will be fingerprinted and must show proof that they have received the required certified training.
The clerk’s office will have the Michigan State Police run a national background check.
- With the new processes in place, it should take about two – three weeks for applicants to receive their license.
- The fee would drop from $105 – $100 for a five year concealed weapons license.
- Renewal costs would be $115.
- If the process took more than 45 days, the applicant would use the application receipt as a temporary license.
Criticism of the Law
One of the major criticisms besides the PPO issue of the law was reported by minbcnews.com. Saginaw County Sheriff William Federspiel says that the national checks done by the Michigan State Police would not show any pending cases. He stated,
“Pending cases will not show up on during a background check by the state police. An applicant could start a trial on felonious assault next week, it wouldn’t show up on the background. But the clerk would have gone ahead and giving out the license.”
Detroit’s Own Chief of Police for Citizens Carrying Concealed Weapons
It wasn’t that long ago with Detroit Police Chief James Craig made national news with this view on citizens having gun ownership. Below is a quote of the famous article in which Detroit’s Chief of Police graced the cover of the National Rifle Association’s “America’s 1st Freedom” magazine,
“Every person has a right to protect themselves or their families from harm – from danger.”
Bringing it Home
What do you think about Senate Bill 34? Do you think removing the local board is necessary? What about Saginaw County Sheriff William Federspiel and the potential for those facing charges to obtain concealed licenses? Let me know your thoughts in the comment section below.