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Gov. Snyder Will Have Final Say On Eliminating County Gun Boards


Legislation in front of Governor Rick Snyder would change the way concealed pistol licenses are approved in Michigan.

The Michigan Public Radio Network’s Jake Neher has more.

The bill would eliminate county gun boards, which currently conduct background checks and decide whether to issue CPLs. Instead, the State Police would be responsible for conducting background checks. Most other duties – including issuing the licenses – would go to county clerks. The bill would also reduce application and renewal fees for CPLs.

It appears the legislation was passed in order to win Republican state Senator Mike Green’s vote for a plan to boost state road funding. Green says the legislation would reduce wait times for CPL applicants.

Some opponents say the gun boards are important to help applicants navigate the state’s ever-changing concealed carry laws.

Jake Neher is a reporter for the Michigan Public Radio Network. He covers the State Legislature and other political events in Lansing.
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