Governor Rick Snyder Expected to Sign Gun Bills
Following one veto and amendment, Governor Rick Snyder is expected to sign Senate Bills 34 and 35, which passed in the Legislature at the end of February. Governor Snyder told MLive that the particular verbiage in the bills had been changed and that they should get "a more favorable response" this time on his desk.
The legislation was drafted to reduce obstacles to obtaining Concealed Pistol Licenses, and would effectively eliminate county gun boards, replacing the burden of application processing to county clerks and the Michigan State Police. Snyder had stated upon vetoing an earlier version that it would put victims of domestic violence at risk. Current Michigan law prohibits someone convicted of a domestic abuse crime from obtaining a Concealed Pistol License, and these bills maintain the blanket restriction on CPLs for subjects of a personal protection order.
The bills' supporters say that elimination of county gun boards will protect Second Amendment rights by making it illegal to deny a CPL based on physical appearance alone. Those opposed say that the bills will take away the ability of local authorities with more intimate knowledge of an applicant to deny CPLs. Legislators offered their opinions from the Capitol. State Representative Jeff Irwin (D-Ann Arbor) says "I think it's a mistake to give up on this opportunity for local checks and balances." State Senator Mike Green (R-Mayville) says "No longer will a board invite someone in to a committee of three members, look them over and say we don't think you're worthy of having a permit."