Saturday, January 3, 2015

Alert:Claims By NRA And MCRGO Snyder Signed CPL Bill Are False, Snyder VETOES

 By Brandon Hall  
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"Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) bucked the National Rifle Association on Thursday and vetoed a concealed carry gun bill that would have allowed some people with restraining orders issued against them for domestic violence to carry a concealed pistol.

"We simply can't and won't take the chance of exposing domestic abuse victims to additional violence or intimidation," Snyder said. "There are certainly some reforms that can improve the way Michigan issues concealed pistol licenses and we support the rights of law-abiding firearm owners, but it's crucial that we leave in place protections for people who already have endured challenges and abuse."

The controversial legislation, which was proposed to streamline the process for issuing concealed pistol licenses in Michigan, was strongly opposed by gun violence and domestic violence prevention advocates"

After the Michigan Coalition For Responsible Gun Owners claimed Gov. Snyder had signed into law a bill Friday eliminating County Gun Boards and improving the CPL process for gun owners, the Detroit News is reporting that is actually NOT true.

In a tweet this afternoon, Chad Livengood of the Detroit News said Snyder aides are saying Snyder has yet to sign the bill.

WMP corrcted thge NRA and others on January 4rd with the following article:

>>>Snyder administration sources tell WMP that the website for the legislature accidentally indicated the bill had been signed, that is why MCRGO claimed it was. WMP subsequently reported what they had said.

MCRGO is a trusted organization, and they were the victim of false information from the legislature's website.

In an effort to get WMP readers the information as soon as possible, we trusted the word of MCRGO and did not wait for confirmation from the Governor's office. I sincerely apologize for this, and will take great care to make sure it does not happen again.

 The NRA has also been fooled by the website error. They issued this statement:

"Today, Governor Rick Snyder (R) signed Senate Bills 789 and 790 into law.  These important pro-gun bills create a more efficient, consistent and expedient concealed pistol licensing process through the creation of a true “shall issue” licensing system for all statutorily eligible Michiganders.  

This legislation eliminates 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 will administer the concealed weapon licensing process.  Background checks that are statutorily required to obtain a Concealed Pistol License (CPL) will be conducted by the Michigan State Police (MSP). However, the MSP would not retain the discretionary authority currently held by the county licensing boards because 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.

Your NRA thanks Governor Snyder and the state legislators who voted for this critical concealed pistol licensing reform.  Please stay tuned to your email inbox and for a more detailed description regarding how this reform will be implemented in the coming days."
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Brandon Hall is a lifelong political nerd from Grand Haven, and is the Managing Editor of West Michigan Politics.

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Photo By Darlene Dowling Thompson

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