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July 2014

As the Michigan Legislature breaks for its summer recess so members may return to their districts to campaign, we look back on a spring legislative session that included a great deal of action on pro-gun legislation. In fact, we accomplished more the first half of this year than we had originally planned and hoped for. That being said, our most important goal for the 2013-2014 legislative session remains for the fall lame duck session.

In addition to the enactment of Senate Bill 610 earlier in the spring which legalized short barrel rifles and short barrel shotguns in Michigan, two new pieces of pro-gun legislation have now been signed into law. A package of House and Senate bills designed to protect the privacy of Michigan pistol owners and CPL holders was signed by the governor on June 16. Statutory law will now exempt firearms records from Freedom of Information Act requests and those records will only be available to law enforcement officials for proper legal investigations. Signed the same week was House Bill 5085, now Public Act 201. This new law will allow any adult over age 21 who has had pistol safety training to provide pistol safety instruction to a minor without the previous need for a legal parent or guardian to be present.

Finally, and most importantly, Senate Bill 789 introduced by MCRGO Director Senator Mike Green passed the Senate in mid-June on a near party-line 24-13 vote. This bill will eliminate county gun boards and make a number of changes to the concealed pistol license issuing process. Once it becomes law, Michigan will finally be a true shall-issue state. Hassles experienced by concealed pistol license applicants in some counties including waits of more than two months, requirements to appear before a county gun board without reason, illegal requirements for extra information from applicants and arbitary time limits on the validity of pistol safety training certificates will disappear. In addition, the legislation provides for improved due process on denials, renewal notifications by mail, lower renewal fees and renewal by mail for members of the armed services. The Michigan State Police remain opposed to the bill and the Michigan Sheriffs Association is still neutral so we will have a fight on our hands with this bill in the lame duck session.

The Michigan Coalition for Responsible Gun Owners is also working with the National Rifle Association, the Michigan Air Gun Alliance and Michigan Open Carry on other legislation currently making its way through the legislative process including the exclusion of air guns from the definition of a firearm, codifcation of the defination of brandishing and imposing penalties on local government officials who violate preemption laws.

As always, MCRGO welcomes your thoughts on these matters. I can be reached by e-mail at brady@mcrgo.org and by telephone at (517) 484-2746.

Brady Schickinger, Executive Director
Michigan Coalition for Responsible Gun Owners

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