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Michigan Passes New Laws To Allow Concealed Carry in Schools, Daycare, Churches…


TWG: Great news! We can now look forward to lower crime rates in Michigan.  Each and every State needs to implement this legislation and they need to completely eliminate those so-called “gun free zones”, which are killing our children and innocent citizens.

 

Sweeping changes in Michigan’s concealed handgun law go beyond allowing weapons in ‘gun free zones’

John Barnes | jbarnes1@mlive.com By John Barnes | jbarnes1@mlive.com
on December 14, 2012 at 10:45 AM

Update: Connecticut also allows guns in school, but falls short of legislation on Gov. Snyder’s desk

The most sweeping rewrite of Michigan’s concealed handgun law in more than a decade includes details that go well beyond opening so-called “gun free zones” to hidden weapons.

The state House on Thursday passed the bill 68-41 and sent it to Gov. Rick Snyder, one of many laws sped through a lame-duck session that did not conclude until early Friday morning.

Aside from allowing concealed pistols in schools and other places, a number of measures are aimed at streamlining a permit process critics say remains far from uniform statewide.

Sheriffs will oversee all permit approvals. The state’s 83 county gun boards, in place since 1927, will be abolished. County clerks will still handle processing.

Decisions must be made faster, partial refunds to applicants are required if they are not, and communication to permit holders must be better.

NO LONGER ‘NO CARRY’

If reforms are signed by the governor, concealed handguns can be carried in these places, though exclusions are still possible in privately-owned facilities and public colleges and universities.
Schools and school property
Child-care centers
Bars
Churches, synagogues, mosques, temples, or other places of worship
Entertainment facilities that seat 2,500 people or more
Hospitals
Dormitories and classrooms of a community college, college, or university

Some believe safety is being sacrificed. Gun-board reviews included state police and prosecutors in addition to sheriffs’ representatives.

“That means there are fewer eyes on the process. Guns are life and death, and handguns are far more likely to be used domestically,” said Mary Hollinrake, Kent County clerk and co-chair of the Michigan Association of County Clerks’ legislative committee.

“Those three offices on the panel generally know the bad actors,” she said, especially in smaller counties. “Somebody can raise a red flag.”

The sponsor of the new bill – who also led the last major revision, likewise approved in the Legislature’s waning lame-duck hours – argues it improves safety.

State Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville, said the law “improves service to taxpayers and strengthens (concealed pistol license) training requirements so that Michigan will have the strongest training standard in the nation.”

The legislation is the largest rewrite of Michigan’s concealed weapon law since lawmakers made hard-to-obtain permits much easier for adults to receive beginning July 2001. Applications exploded. There were 351,599 permit holders as of Dec. 1, one for every 20 adults.

Mike Green portrait.JPG State Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville, sponsored the current bill and the law 11 years ago that made it easier to get concealed handguns permits. MLive.com file photo

Most of the attention on the new bill has focused on provisions allowing hidden handguns in places where they are now forbidden, such as schools, churches and large entertainment venues.

The new law continues the minimum eight hours of training required to obtain a concealed pistol license. But effective May 1, it boosts firing-range requirements from 30 rounds to 98. Those who complete an additional eight hours of training and another 94 rounds on the firing range are eligible to carry in so-called gun-free zones.

Private-property owners can still ban the weapons under trespass laws, but not schools and other public venues, said Ryan Mitchell, an aide to Green who worked closely on the legislation. Public universities could also prohibit them because they are constitutionally separate.

Nowhere in the zones will gun owners be able to openly carry their handguns any longer, a little-known but legal option.

“We already expect that this bill is going to get a bad rap because people don’t understand the current law, and that’s understandable” Mitchell said.

“But people have to ask themselves: Are they really comfortable with openly carried firearms in schools? If not, I think they’d rather have it concealed. And not only does it have to be concealed, you have to get significant additional training.”

Beyond the gun zones, however, the law has many requirements aimed at speeding the concealed permit process itself:

Decisions on initial permits would have to be made within 45 days of completed background checks. Now, the 45-day clock does not start until later in the process. In some places approvals took six months or more. Renewals also must be processed within 45 days, as opposed to 60 currently.

After the 45 days, a 180-day temporary permit must be issued, as well as refunds of up to $41, equal to the county’s portion of the $105 application fee.

Clerks would be required to mail renewal notices to concealed permit holders three to six months before expiration, to avoid unintentional lapses. Approved licenses must be mailed as well.

Lawmakers also added language specifically exempting sheriffs or clerks from being sued should a concealed license holder later commit a crime or “negligent act.”

Current permit holders seeking renewals would have to certify they have completed the full 98 rounds of firing-range requirements, but authorities could not require proof.

Also, those seeking to carry concealed handguns where they are now banned can be charged a $20 application fee, unless it’s at the same time they are seeking their initial permit or at renewal.

Source: http://www.mlive.com/news/index.ssf/2012/12/sweeping_changes_in_michigans.html

  1. December 16, 2012 at 13:18

    Good

  2. December 16, 2012 at 14:50

    Reblogged this on Gds44's Blog.

  3. genomega1
    December 16, 2012 at 15:14

    That’s half the battle now they need to ban psychotropic drugs for children some only 4 years old.

    • December 16, 2012 at 15:24

      Yes, I’m DEEPLY concerned about all the drugs they pushing into our children and our veterans.. Not only is it disarmament on a massive scale, but those children will never be able to join the military if they’ve been prescribed certain drugs. It’s absolutely terrifying the long term ramifications of what they’re doing to us. America is finished.

  4. December 16, 2012 at 15:59

    Reblogged this on Tea Party Train.

  5. CounterRevolution
    December 16, 2012 at 16:01

    America may be waking up. I have been pessimistic for decades but now I see more people becoming aware of the threat to our liberties. Khrushchev was right, we would bring Socialism on ourselves and the rot would start from inside. We may still have a chance. 20 years ago when the Clintons took office, I figured it was too late. Now that the Communists/Socialists are coming out of the wood-works the average person can identify who and what they are up against. The Socialist WANT us to think they outnumber us, just look to Alinsky to see their modus operandi.

    • December 16, 2012 at 16:39

      Indeed, but another serious problem we face is that the glassy eyeds have been brainwashed to believe that socialism, communism, marxism are ideologies they should embrace, advocate for and defend. They’re not even ashamed to call themselves communists, socialists, marxists anymore when there was a day, not long ago, when being any of those heinous things was a punishable crime. Those who will actually admit it are PROUD of their beliefs. Because that’s what they’ve been taught in the indoctrination camps.

      I see an awful lot of Conservative people here in Montana who aren’t at all involved. They don’t have televisions, they don’t have internet and they don’t pay any attention to what’s happening. Our nation is burning to the ground and we’re headed for a civil war that’s going to be the bloodiest, most violent war this world has ever seen, but the Conservatives here know nothing about it. When informed people try to explain it to them, it’s just too outrageous and wide in scope that they just can’t believe any of it. They look at us like we’re insane. “That can’t happen here!”

      They’re in for one HELL of a wake up call, but while many Conservatives here in Montana are out of the loop on what’s happening, once war breaks loose here they will know how to fight, what they’re fighting for, and how to feed themselves. They won’t be looking for government handouts. And THAT is exactly why I moved to Montana 5 yrs ago.

      • CounterRevolution
        December 16, 2012 at 16:48

        I know we live in a “kill-box” here in Missouri. There will be a time to hole up and a time to escape. Knowing what is coming prepares you for being able to make that decision when you need to. Civil War is just around the corner and that’s what the current regime has been working for tirelessly. We’ve already abandoned family members who are brain-dead, no use dragging extra and unwilling weight. Things will come as a shock to many people and they will just break down and weep about their lost Country but that won’t bring it back. I kind of look at what’s coming as I have start-up businesses. The Chinese word for “Crisis” is the same word as “Opportunity”. We just need to stand strong against the flood.

      • January 11, 2013 at 08:39

        I’m in the hospital, in-between surgeries right now, I’ll respond whenI’m not feeling so *groggy*.

      • CounterRevolution
        January 11, 2013 at 13:29

        Sorry to hear that. Hope you’re in better shape upon leaving than entering!

  6. coffeeandsleeplessnights
    December 16, 2012 at 21:44
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