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Sunday, December 6, 2015

December Brings Changes in Michigan Gun Laws - "Gun Boards" Are No More

By Michael Nichols
Categories: Karen L. Phillips

Michigan Does Away With County Gun Boards. In an effort to finally make Michigan what is known as a "shall issue" state for concealed weapon permits, county by county gun boards have been eliminated and permits will be issued by the Michigan State Police so long as the applicant shows the basic requirements. This change took effect December 1, 2015.

Michigan Criminal Defense Attorney Karen Phillips says "shall issue means that a state will automatically issue permits when the applicant shows that he or she completed the safety course, have no felony convictions, and meet all other immediate requirements." After a new or renewal application is received the county clerks and the Michigan State Police will review to ensure that the requirements are met.

Legislation to make Michigan a shall issue state was passed nearly 15 years ago, "but it appears there were too many permit denials by the gun boards for what appeared to be their own discretion and not for failure of an applicant to meet the requirements." says Phillips. Gun boards had been made up of a member of the county prosecutor's office, sheriff and a representative of the Michigan State Police. Phillips is a partner at The Nichols Law Firm and focuses her practice on criminal law and family law.

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