Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Senate Adds Domestic Violence Protections To CPL Reform Bill, Sponsor Expects Snyder To Sign

By Brandon Hall

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After much back and forth over a CPL reform bill that would eliminate County gun boards and streamline the CPL process, among other things, the Senate has passed an amended version that seemingly addresses changes sought by Gov. Snyder when he vetoed a similar bill a few weeks ago.

It was the first bill passed from the Senate this session, a strong message from Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof that he is not afraid to play hardball with the Governor, and that gun rights are a priority for him.

Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof

The NRA and MCRGO, among other outlets, initially had said Snyder had signed the bill. Chad Livengood of the Detroit News discovered that was not true, and Snyder ended up vetoing the bill a few weeks later.

Mlive's Jonathon Oosting reports that:

"The legislation, like its predecessor, seeks to standardize and speed up the CPL application process by eliminating county gun boards, shifting responsibilities for processing and background checks to county clerks and Michigan State Police.

The application fee for a five-year CPL would be reduced from $105 to $100, and renewals would cost $115. If processing took more than 45 days, down from 60 days under current law, an application receipt would serve as a temporary permit.

Snyder, in vetoing the earlier gun legislation, said there were "a number or reforms" he supported in the proposal but flagged a provision that would have lifted a blanket restriction that currently prevents the subject of any personal protection order from obtaining a CPL."


 "Green, speaking with reporters after Tuesday's vote, suggested the provision was misunderstood and was designed to address an issue that deserves further attention. He's confident the revised bill, which removes the controversial PPO language, will become law if it reaches the governor's desk after consideration in the House.

"I feel a lot better than I felt back two or three weeks ago," Green said. "And I firmly believe that we've got it probably teed up for the governor to sign it."


Brandon Hall is a lifelong political nerd from Grand Haven, and is the Managing Editor of West Michigan Politics.
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