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CPL law about to change

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In less than two weeks getting a concealed pistol license is going to get easier.

Currently Michigan gun owners have to go before a citizen county board, or gun board, before getting a CPL.

But as of December 1, that all changes.

"In a way, it is taking out the middle man," said Tuscola County Clerk Jodi Fetting.

Clerks throughout Mid-Michigan are bracing for the streamlining changes for those wanting to attain or renew a CPL. 

"Once we enter the application, then Michigan State Police will be completing background checks and will be issuing the approval or denial to us," Fetting said.

At that point the Michigan State Police will conduct background checks, and then county clerks will issue the license within 45 days, without the extra step of going before a citizen county board.

If the clerk doesn’t allow, or reject the permit in that time-frame, the firearm owner will qualify as a temporary permit.

The new features of the law is the elimination of the county gun board and the removal of background checks from local organizations.

When signing the bill into law, Gov. Rick Snyder said about the changes, “These bills streamline how we issue concealed pistol licenses, creating a uniform system that will better support the rights of firearm owners in Michigan.”

Fetting said her department handles about 150 CPL applications per month. She said her staff will be ready for the changes and is optimistic this law will improve the CPL license procedures.

"I'm hoping that in the end, it all works out and is a better system for all the constituents of the state," Fetting said.

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