Skip to comments.Michigan Senate Judiciary Committee to Consider Repeal of Permit to Purchase & Gun Registration
Posted on 07/17/2012 4:23:05 PM PDT by marktwain
Charlotte, NC --(Ammoland.com)- This Wednesday, July 18, the Michigan Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a special hearing on legislation to repeal Michigans permit-to-purchase and registration requirements for handguns.
House Bill 5225, which seeks to replace the state handgun permit-to-purchase requirement with the FBIs National Instant Criminal Background Check System, has already passed in the state House of Representatives by an overwhelming 74 to 36 vote on June 13. Additionally, the Senate Judiciary Committee will hear the two companion bills to HB 5225, House Bill 5498 and House Bill 5499, both of which also passed the state House and were sent to the Senate last month.
HB 5225, sponsored by state Representative Paul Opsommer (R-93), would repeal the outdated and ineffective permit-to-purchase requirement. Under the current state process, gun buyers must apply with their local law enforcement agency and pass a written test before being authorized to buy a handgun. This permit is valid for only one gun and it expires after ten days. This process became obsolete when the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) took effect in 1998. Since that time, federal law has required a national criminal records check for the purchase of any firearm, from any gun dealer, in every state. The NRA has been working diligently to repeal the antiquated, costly and unnecessary permit-to-purchase obstacle for gun owners, and has coordinated with several state Representatives to produce the new language for HB 5225.
HB 5225 as amended would, if enacted:
* Repeal the state requirement to seek police permission to purchase a firearm by traveling to a local police station and obtaining a permit to purchase.
* Repeal the requirement for a law-abiding citizen to register a legally purchased and owned firearm with the government through the police.
* Adopt the use of the federally-funded National Instant Criminal Background Check System.
* Cut Michigans costs by using the federally-administered national instant background check system and eliminate wasted man-hours of tracking lawful gun owners in Michigan.
* Default to the federal standard of prohibited persons and require a background check for each purchase.
The two companion firearm reform bills are before the Judiciary Committee this Wednesday: HB 5498, sponsored by state Representative Richard LeBlanc (D-18), provides for the legal penalties relating to firearms and other weapons. HB 5499, sponsored by state Representative Ray Franz (R-101), clarifies the regulations regarding the sale of firearms to prohibited persons and makes them consistent with federal standards.
The members of the Senate Judiciary Committee have an opportunity this Wednesday to make history and bring Michigans firearms laws up to speed with the rest of the country. Please contact the following members of the Senate Judiciary Committee and respectfully urge them to support House Bills 5225, 5498, and 5499.
Senate Judiciary Committee:
Senator Rick Jones (R- 24), Chairman (517) 373-3447 SenRJones@senate.michigan.gov
Senator Tonya Schuitmaker (R-20), Vice Chairman (517) 373-0793 Email by clicking here.
Senator Steven Bieda (D-9), Minority Committee Chairman (517) 373-8360 Email by clicking here.
Senator Tory Rocca (R-10) (517) 373-7315 Email by clicking here.
About: Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the lobbying arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Visit: www.nra.org
It is crazy to set up a huge expensive bureaucratic system, require everyone to jump though hoops and prove that they are *not* criminals in order to try, ineffectively, to prevent the few individuals who are not responsible, from having legal access to guns. This is a failed paradigm, and it should be abandoned. To accept the idea that the all gun sales should be monitored by the government, and only allowed to those it deems satisfactory is fundamentally wrong.
The entire idea of the enterprise has always been the death of a thousand cuts, where the restrictions on who can buy, and where, and how and what are continually increased until the number of gun owners is reduced to political insignificance.
Everybody at every level, including the UN, is trying to do this. But there's no way in hell would you be able to talk some sense into someone like Bloomberg or Schumer. According them, inanimate objects are evil and are the cause of societal ills. Nevermind the access to bow and arrows, hammers, golf clubs, baseball bats, hockey sticks...
Not to the government. It allows them to hand out "favors" which reap great rewards in the form of votes.
To them it makes perfect sense.
I don't know if a list of crimes committed comes back to the states but they should analyze the results and not accept the federal standard for saying yes or no. Our legislators are the stupidest people to ever live.
The MI legislature has recently done the following:
1. Eliminated the law for motocycle riders requirement to wear helmets
2. Eliminated some fireworks restrictions (I am not to up to speed on this one)
3. Now working on this reduction in Gov’t beaurocracy.
I consider all of these as some rather shocking reductions of the State level government. They are all good news and it seems that we have a legislature that is really trying to shrink the government intrusion into our lives.
It might be the time to push them to reinstate property rights. Do you have any suggestions as to a specific State Legislator to target as assisting in getting the ban to smoke on private property eliminated?
I think it should be nullified as an unfair taking of private property! The state purposefully drove away a portion of the market available for those business owners!
We are on the same page and could probably spend all day making this list.
talked to my rep (shaughnessy) last week about this one, she called jones, they’re both certain this is going to pass and that snyder will sign it.