State Legislature looks to streamline some gun licensing procedures

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Photo by Zach Sgro

Employee at Not Just Guns discussing a firearm with customers.

Employee at Not Just Guns discussing a firearm with customers.

Photo by Zach Sgro

Employee at Not Just Guns discussing a firearm with customers.

On March 7, the Michigan House passed a bill 108-0 to streamline the process for which it takes to obtain a concealed carry license (CPL). The Secretary of State had already been utilizing the photo file sharing process to issue licenses but this bill, once passed, would bridge the line between the law and existing statute.

Both politicians and citizens alike have shown support for the law.

“Having somebody run around and make extra steps and spend extra money and waste extra time, has no purpose or value,” said Michael Green, owner of Not Just Guns. “As long as the training and the requirements stay the same or improve.”

The process to get a concealed carry license will now be shorter and less expensive while still requiring citizens to go through the proper 8-hour training session. With this next step forward in gun policy the divide begins as the talk for constitutionalizing the requirements for a CPL progress, which would allow for concealed carry without a license after the age of 21.

“Some of my colleagues and I believe law-abiding citizens ought not need to get a permit to carry a weapon concealed in Michigan,” said Rep. Beau LaFave (R) when asked about the reason for supporting the legislation. “I believe the constitution of the U.S. and Michigan should act as your permit.”

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