Skip to comments.Increasing popularity of carrying concealed guns prompts county office to bolster staff (MI)
Posted on 07/09/2013 8:21:41 AM PDT by cripplecreek
Washtenaw County officials are anticipating a record year for the office that handles gun permits and are responding in turn by requesting increased hours for staff.
Since 2008 an increasing number of people have been filing applications for Concealed Pistol Licenses (CPL) in Washtenaw County, records show.
In the first quarter of this year, there have been nearly double the number of applications during the first quarter of last year.
Washtenaw Countys Elections and Administration Division processes the CPL permit applications. Staff is requesting the Board of Commissioners approve turn a part-time administrative coordinator into a full-time position to handle the influx of paperwork.
The office anticipates this year will be a busy one for another reason because of permit renewals as well.
CPL permits expire five years after theyre issued. The jump in permit applications in 2008 means a wave of individuals will be in the office this year to renew their license for a $105 fee and some paperwork.
The Michigan State Police tracks all registered weapons and CPL permits. The following is from the annual concealed pistol licensing report for Washtenaw County:
July 1, 2006 - June 30, 2007: 620 applications received; 546 permits issued July 1, 2007 - June 30, 2008: 722 applications received; 605 permits issued July 1, 2008 - June 30, 2009: 1,853 applications received; 1,563 permits issued July 1, 2009 - June 30, 2010: 2,360 applications received; 2,425 permits issued July 1, 2010 - June 30, 2011: 1,957 applications received; 1,999 permits issued
President Barack Obamas win of the 2008 election initiated a fear among some citizens that the countrys gun laws would change - prompting a wave of CPL applications, said Ernest Milligan Jr., chairman of the Washtenaw County Concealed Pistol Licensing Board.
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Is Michigan conceal-only?
No we have open carry as well.
As it is in Minnesota. Our permits are “Permit To Carry A Pistol”. The word conceal doesn’t appear anywhere, even in the statute.
It’s good to see moreand more and more and morepeople exercise the right to keep and bear arms. Like muscles and brain cells, rights benefit from regular, frequent exercise.
The best part is that this is from Ann Arbor one of the most liberal cities in the country. Fortunately our cities can’t override the state constitution.
In Michigan, they do not need a CHL permit to carry openly.
I bet their workload goes down, not up as a result. An armed citizenry is the best weapon we have against crime.
While I agree with your assessment, Washtenaw County is looking to increase staff and hours because of an expected increase in the paperwork for license applications and such.
Not because of an increase in armed citizens on the streets.
I guess I should have read the entire article. The Elections and Administration Division handles the permits in this county. Where I live, the permits are handled by the Sherrif’s office.
The Washtenaw County Concealed Pistol Licensing Board needs to change its name.
Better yet, just abolish it.