January 16, 2013

Yet another case for electing conservative governors

Andrew Cuomo, who has his eye on a 2016 White House run — and who irreparably damaged himself when he took to shouting about bullets and deer in what will I hope prove to be his Howard Dean “yeeeeeaaaaarrrrrrghhh!” moment — hurried through legislation meant to capitalize on the death of 26 children and adults in Newtown, in the process using manufactured hysteria to whittle away the already attenuated 2nd Amendment rights of New Yorkers.

But not every governor acts in such a way.  For instance, in Michigan, here’s what Gov. Rick Snyder did — sensing, as he was correct to, what the left was up to:

Following the final week of Michigan’s 2012 legislative session, two pro-gun bills were signed into law by Governor Rick Snyder on Tuesday and one was vetoed.

The enacted legislation is a significant improvement to Michigan’s firearm laws, including a partial repeal of the outdated license-to-purchase, legalization of transportation of any cased and unloaded firearm, and purchase of long guns in non-contiguous states.

House Bill 5225, sponsored by state Representative Paul Opsommer (R-93), was the NRA’s priority legislation this session.  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.  These Senate amendments to HB 5225 last week were necessary to ensure its enactment this session.  This legislation was signed by Governor Snyder on Tuesday and took effect immediately.   HB 5225 contains many positive improvements for Michigan gun owners and sportsmen, including:

  • 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.

Disappointingly, Snyder vetoed a bill that had passed both the House and Senate that would have expanded concealed carry zones and streamlined the CCW process, but in the current climate, any improvement to gun laws that makes the exercising of a second amendment right easier should be applauded.

So kudos.

(h/t geoff B)

Posted by Jeff G. @ 8:59am

Comments (2)

  1. Regarding the CC, Synder said he had issues with that particular bill, not changes to CC in general. In addition, the timing was HORRIBLE, but that was no one’s fault.

  2. Miami Herald: Trayvon Martin’s mother calls for end to ‘Stand Your Ground’ law in Florida

    If a self-defense law can be cited to justify the killing of her assaulting son, then that law must go. Nonsense of course, but hey, she has advisers.