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Here is an update from the Michigan Coalition for Responsible Gun Owners on the legislation to do away with the obsolete permit to purchase for handguns in the Wolverine State:
House Bill 5225, legislation that would eliminate the state handgun “permit-to-purchase” and registration requirements, is currently stalled in the Michigan Senate. The reason for this delay stems from opposition by the Michigan State Police and Governor Rick Snyder’s office asking the state Senate leadership to “hold” H.B. 5225.
In June, this package of bills passed in the Michigan House of Representatives by an overwhelming 74 to 36 vote. It has also passed in the Senate Judiciary Committee and now awaits consideration by the State Senate. All indications are that H.B. 5225 enjoys supermajority support in the Senate. There is no doubt that the state Senate will pass H.B. 5225 by a wide margin when they vote on it.
However, Michigan’s first-term Governor has now asked leaders in the Senate to hold this bill, delaying and preventing critical and final action on this important Second Amendment legislation. Because the Michigan Legislature has few remaining working days before the election, this stall tactic will almost guarantee the bill’s demise.
Murdoc has contacted his reps and Governor Snyder. Now we just wait and see.
This Wednesday, July 18, the Michigan Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a special hearing on legislation to repeal Michigan’s “permit-to-purchase” and registration requirements for handguns. House Bill 5225, which seeks to replace the state handgun “permit-to-purchase” requirement with the FBI’s 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HB 5225, sponsored by state Representative Paul Opsommer (R-93), would repeal the outdated and ineffective “permit-to-purchase” requirement.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 Michigan’s 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.
Murdoc is optimistic that this is going to become law, but Michigan residents take a few minutes to contact your senators to make sure they know you care about this. Combined with the elimination of the “safety inspection” (registration) requirement after any pistol purchase, Michigan is finally on the right path for handgun ownership.
A few days back GP noted a strange case in Detroit where an off-duty police officer’s gun just went off at a party when a woman hugged him from behind while dancing. Adaisha Miller, 24, was killed by the shot.
It sounded fishy at the time, and it’s not getting much less murky as “more information” comes out from various sources.
The police say Parrish’s gun, reportedly a .40 S&W M&P, was in a soft holster on his right hip. A lawyer for the Detroit Police Officer’s Association says it was an inside-the-waistband holster and covered by the officer’s shirt.
One expert said several questions need to be answered to know whether such an accident is possible.
David Balash, a former Michigan State Police firearms examiner, questioned whether the holster could pivot or whether Parrish was bending over, given that holstered guns typically point with the barrel toward the ground.
“It’s just an incredible angle that they’re asking you to believe,” Balash said. “If the muzzle of the firearm were initially in a downward position, it would be such a dramatic twisting and turning of a weapon.”
In response to those who’ve wondered how a killing shot could happen from a gun holstered at the waist, the Detroit PD have now stated that Miller was “dancing on her knees.”
The official said that explains how Miller was shot in the chest while dancing behind Officer Isaac Parrish during a fish fry early Sunday at his home on Archdale.
The official said the angle of the gunshot is possible because Miller was not standing and described it as some type of “exotic dance” where Miller, 24, was tugging at Parrish’s waist.
The Miller’s mother says that witnesses have told her that she and Parrish were “side by side and she got a birthday hug from Parrish when the gun went off.”
Though the police’s story sounds like it could be a bit fishy, the account of the side-by-side birthday hug doesn’t make any sense.
Miller’s mother says a doctor told her the bullet went through a lung and hit her heart.
Also worth noting is the fact that the police say that alcohol was not a factor despite the fact that Parrish was not given a breathalyzer or blood test at the time and that department police forbids carrying of firearms when BAC is above 0.02%.
Somehow I missed this:
I think this is correct. But Murdoc is more interested in HOW they reached that decision, especially:
The Second Amendment applies not just to firearms but to other weapons as well. “[The state] argues that Heller is strictly a gun control case, but the broad nature of the language used in Heller’s definition of arms clearly covers more than just firearms.”
I just had this discussion a few days ago. The Second Amendment is a legal guarantee that citizens can keep and bear ARMS. Arms are a lot more than guns.
Via Say Uncle.
Found a gun hidden in weeds. Turned it in to cops. Got fired for possessing a weapon while working.
The gun had been stolen in 2005.
Now, for all we know, this was an attempt by the groundskeeper to rid himself of a gun he stole years ago. But it doesn’t seem that likely.
Detroit is something else.
As in; “So, is Detroit a nice city?”
“No, I was just there last weekend. It’s something else.”
Via Say Uncle.
David Forster and Marjon Rostami are just the latest victims of brutal beatings tied to the Trayvon Martin shooting, and some Virginians are outraged that the newspaper did not report the attack for “politically correct reasons.” The attack was revealed not as news, but in an opinion piece.
And here’s something:
On March 24-25, a string of attacks in Grand Rapids, Mich., by mobs of black youths injured seven whites in separate incidents. Five of the injured filed police reports. Examiner reporter Kyle Rogers interviewed one of the victims, Jacob Palasek, who had been beaten with a chain. Palasek stated that police investigators feel that all the attacks were related to the Trayvon Martin story. Local news media stand accused of burying the story to keep racial tensions from rising to a boiling point.
As of today, wild pigs, or feral swine, are officially outlaws in Michigan — illegal to keep, even in a private hunting preserve.
The state Department of Natural Resources has had shoot-on-sight approval on the critters for more than a year while trying to work out regulations for the game ranches that import them for trophy hunters. But with the Legislature failing to agree on anything, the DNR’s invasive species designation took effect Oct. 1 and will be enforced as of today, DNR Public Information Officer Ed Golden said Friday.
“We delayed active enforcement to give anybody who had them an opportunity to depopulate,” Golden said.
Campus police and housing security officials searched the area but didn’t find the animal, which was described as a “possible cougar.” The department urged area residents to call police if they spotted the animal. Authorities say they didn’t find any potential cougar tracks during their search.
The last known wild cougar in Michigan was killed in 1906
The last time Brown, 73, called the Detroit police, they didn’t show up until the next day. So she applied for a permit to carry a handgun and says she’s prepared to use it against the young thugs who have taken over her neighborhood, burglarizing entire blocks, opening fire at will and terrorizing the elderly with impunity.
It also notes that private security firms are doing a lot of business in the area.
Nice bit from a Detroit police officer:
“It’s not about police response time because often the act has already taken place by the time the police are called,” said Sgt. Eren Stephens. She said citizens have a right to defend themselves.
“Anytime a life is lost, we’re concerned,” she said. “But we can‘t be on every corner in front of every home. And we know that there are citizens who will do what they have to do to protect themselves.”
Murdoc wonders what Clint Eastwood and Chrysler have to say about the issue.
UPDATE: Forgot to mention that Murdoc is also not thrilled with the misuse of the term “vigilante” when talking about people defending themselves. But at least they did have an example of a real vigilante-type guy.
Children under 10 would be allowed to hunt some types of game in Michigan as long as they’re with an adult mentor through legislation signed Wednesday by Gov. Rick Snyder.
Not only is allowing more kids to hunt good for hunting, it’s good for kids. Anything to get them out and more active.
If it helps turn a few more on to a lifelong love of shooting and/or the outdoors, so much the better.
Some moron calling himself (herself?) MkyMtn on Mlive:
Whenever I see someone with a concealed weapon……I know, most of you think you’re pretty clever, but you’re really not…….I call the police. I have no way of knowing if they are a “legal” nut, or just a common garden variety nut. Why take chances? That’s what the police are for.
Right. That’s why anyone seeing a black person should call the police. Maybe he’s not a criminal, but why take chances? And people driving fancy cars….maybe not drug dealers, but why take chances? Also, call the INS whenever you see a Hispanic person…maybe he’s not an illegal immigrant, but why take chances. Same goes for Muslims…maybe not terrorists, but why take chances. See someone driving fast? Call the cops…maybe the driver isn’t fleeing the scene of a crime, but why take chances?
That’s what the police are for.
(That’s all sarcasm, folks.)
Anyway, I wonder how often MkyMtn really calls the police about people carrying concealed guns. I’m guessing “never” or “just about never.”
And despite his ability to spot concealed guns so easily, I’m also guessing he misses virtually every single one he encounters. Whether it’s concealed legally or illegally.