Editor’s Note: Fearing guns doesn’t protect anyone. Improving firearm education is a huge step towards making Michigan safer.
HB 5085, sponsored by state Representative Phil Potvin (R-102), passed in the state Senate by a 33 to 4 vote and has been returned to the state House of Representatives for its expected concurrence. As previously reported, HB 5085 corrects an unduly burdensome restraint on youth firearm education by reasonably expanding the class of individuals who are allowed to supervise and instruct Michigan youth on the safe use of pistols.
SB 789 passed in the state Senate by a 24 to 13 vote, and has been sent to the state House of Representatives where it will be assigned to the House Judiciary Committee. Sponsored by state Senator Mike Green (R-31), this important legislation seeks to create a more efficient, consistent and expedient concealed pistol licensing process. SB 789 also creates a true “shall issue” licensing system for all statutorily eligible Michiganders.
SB 789 accomplishes this goal by eliminating county concealed weapon licensing boards as well as the discretionary licensing authority currently held by those boards. With the elimination of the county licensing boards, county clerks would administer the concealed weapon licensing process. Background checks that are statutorily required to obtain a Concealed Pistol License (CPL) would be conducted by the Michigan State Police (MSP). However, the MSP would not retain the discretionary authority currently held by the county licensing boards since SB 789 mandates that all persons who statutorily qualify for a CPL (i.e. not prohibited under 28.425b and satisfy all financial and submission obligations) would receive a license.