Concealed Pistol Licensing Change
Public Act 3 of 2015 significantly changed the manner in which Michigan applicants obtain a concealed pistol permit. The new law eliminates county concealed weapons licensing boards, and vests the Michigan State Police with responsibility to determine whether an applicant is eligible to obtain a permit. County clerks will continue to process applications in conjunction with review by MSP. Highlights of the new law include:
- Abolishing county gun boards beginning December 1, 2015.
- Requiring county gun boards to transfer all license applications and official documents in their possession to the county clerk no later than November 30, 2015.
- Transferring the bulk of duties from the gun boards to county clerks and MSP.
- Requiring that a CPL be issued to an eligible applicant.
- Requiring MSP to verify an applicant’s eligibility.
- Requiring that an applicant have a valid state-issued driver’s license or personal ID card.
- Requiring MSP to create an online application process for CPL renewals by December 1, 2018.
- Revising the process to obtain an emergency CPL.
- Requiring each county to establish a CPL fund for the deposit of funds collected under the acts.
- Allowing county clerks to fingerprint applicants.
- Requiring the clerk to issue a notice of statutory disqualification if the applicant is ineligible, or if the license is suspended due to a violation of the Act or new criminal charge.