A push to streamline the process for obtaining a concealed pistol permit in Michigan is facing pushback as Republican Gov. Rick Snyder considers whether to sign long-discussed legislation.
Senate Bill 789, which won final legislative approval in the late hours of the 2014 lame-duck session, would eliminate county gun boards, transferring duties to county clerks, sheriffs and the Michigan State Police.
Supporters say the change would speed up the CPL application process and make Michigan a true “shall issue” state, as intended under current law that took effect in 2001.
But opponents are raising red flags over a change that would allow a person who is subject to a personal protection order for domestic violence or stalking to obtain a CPL, unless a judge explicitly prohibits the individual from possessing or purchasing a gun.
“This dangerous legislation would put Michigan women and communities at risk,” Kristen Moore, a volunteer with the Michigan Chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, said in a statement. “The presence of a firearm in a domestic violence situation makes it five times more likely that the woman will be killed.”