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Fri Dec 21, 2012, 07:19 PM

MICHIGAN: Governor signs two pro-gun bills, vetoes third bill.


All of the other media concentrated on the one bill that was vetoed and almost ignored the two that were signed. This is the only one that lists the details of the two that were signed. The MSM appears to be strongly pushing an anti-gun agenda.

The signed bills do the following:

It passed in the state House earlier this year by an overwhelming 74 to 36 vote (on page 1822) and last Wednesday the Senate approved an amended version of this bill by a 27 to 11 vote (vote is on page 2796), to which the House concurred.

•Repeal of the state license-to-purchase for handguns sold by a Federally Licensed Firearms Dealer (FFL) so that even purchasers without a Concealed Pistol License (CPL) will only be subject to the federal NICS check;
•Streamlining private sales to allow people to apply for a purchase license at any law enforcement agency in the state rather than just in the city or county of their residence;
•Repeal of the handgun safety test currently required to obtain a purchase license;
•Extension of the time that a purchase permit is valid from ten days to thirty days; and
•Repeal of the requirement that local law enforcement agencies maintain paper copies of purchase licenses.


Also signed into law by Governor Snyder was Senate Bill 984, introduced by state Senator Tom Casperson (R-38). SB 984 passed in the Senate earlier this session by a vote of 36 to 2 (vote is on page 1644) and passed in the House by a 109 to 1 vote( vote is on page 2747). This legislation would allow Michigan residents to purchase long guns from any other state as long as they comply with current federal firearms laws. SB 984 would also allow non-residents for non-contiguous states to purchase rifles and shotguns in Michigan.

Since being signed into law on Tuesday and immediately taking effect, the interstate sales of rifles and shotguns can occur between FFLs and residents of any state, as long as “the sale, delivery, and receipt fully comply with the legal conditions of sale in both such States.” Thus, SB 984 as enacted helps to streamline the purchasing process by eliminating the antiquated Michigan ban on the interstate sale of firearms beyond contiguous states.

Both bills that were signed passed the legislature by overwhelming margins, so a veto would likely have been overridden.

The frontlash is still hitting.

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