No Mike, it's not all peaches and cream.
"Look, here is what we gained:
No trip to PD for pistol safety inspection
Misdemeanor, now civil infraction for failure to report purchase
Here is what we lost, gave up.
Express legislative authority for State Police LIEN/centralized pistol database.
Registration burden shifted from seller to purchaser
30 day must carry permit to purchase
Must either mail or vist PD with purchase permit in 10 days.
Must self-report to police lawful constitutional activity--possession of a pistol.
Four copies of permit, not three
Must show CCP to security officers if stopped.
What we gave up has nothing to do with safety or fighting crime--but rather, we increased governmental control over our own lawful activity. Some call this progress.
Here is what I learned:
1) Legislators do not care what you say where key Michigan pro-gun organizations give prior blessing.
2) Key-pro gun organization do not care what you say, unless its consistent with what they already want.
3) Not a single Michigan pro-gun organization that supported these laws, believes for one minute that you or I have a Michgan Constitutional right to bear arms that cannot be balanced by "reasonable legislative restrictions." If they did believe it, they could not have supported these bills.
Here is what I already knew:
What a man sows, he reaps."