Good morning. Thank you for the prompt response, one of the quickest I have ever had.
Based upon the reasoning below, I fully support your efforts and this bill. I have a CPL (not a CCW anymore) and it took approximately 6 weeks from Application Submitted to CPL being issued and mailed. From what I have gathered, I am one of the lucky ones who have not had any issue with this process. I agree that due to the volume of CPL Applications, a different body should undertake support for this process. I have often wondered why we would keep these functions with local gun boards in the first place. Local Control is good when it makes sense, in this case it does not and abuses have occurred.
I would hope that the following would be addressed by this effort:
1. Appropriate Firearms and MI/Federal Firearms Law Training would occur for SOS Employees. Since the Local Gun Boards will be abandoned, there any many functions that the SOS will undertake support for if it becomes law. I do not think I saw training requirements in the bill, which is appropriate given the newly-added functions. This is highly important as we have Police Officers, Prosecutors, etc here in MI who do not know the MI Firearms Laws and cause issues for Lawful Pistol Carriers (especially those who choose to Open Carry).
2. Have the CPL Physical License either be part of the MI Driver's License or equivalent form of identification. The CPL License I have today looks like it was made by a 3rd Grader on his basement computer and does not fit well inside a wallet.
I would ask that you consider the following as well for future bills:
A. The Pistol Purchase Permits undergo some of the same issues you have identified for CPL (especially 2-4, with 4 being for local police offices). I know of situations where the local Police Department would deny a Pistol Purchase Permit, but yet the person was able to obtain a CPL without any difficulty whatsoever. I ask that the Pistol Purchase Permits be eliminated altogether or, at bare minimum, be moved to the SOS as well. I believe it is against the Michigan Constitution (specifically Article I, Section 6) to require a person to obtain Permission to exercise a Right. I believe it only a matter of time before this law is challenged, which costs the taxpayers time and resources, as I do not believe it would stand up to MI Constitutional Authority.
Thank you again for your efforts!