LANSING, MI (AP) – Gov. Rick Snyder has signed legislation giving state officials rather than counties the authority to approve concealed weapons licenses.
The bills signed Wednesday are similar to measures Snyder vetoed in January. This time, the bills don’t include a provision allowing some people with personal protection orders against them to get concealed weapon licenses if the orders don’t contain gun restrictions.
The two bills will eliminate county licensing boards. Permitting responsibilities will be transferred to county clerks and state police effective Dec. 1.
State police will have the responsibility for verifying whether an applicant is eligible.
The law will remove the ability to deny a license to someone not explicitly disqualified by law but who still might pose a safety risk. Opponents have said an important safeguard will be taken away.