Here in Michigan a new Bill has been proposed, HB 4434, which would help CPL holders a little. Currently Michigan law treats someone with an expired CPL the same as any thug or gangbanger hides his pistol in hos waistband. That is to say, it’s a felony punishable up to 5 years in prison. HB 4434 aims to give us a grace period by making it a civil infraction of $330 which is waived if you renew your CPL within 30 days.
Normally a reminder is sent out 3-6 months in advance when it’s time to renew, with no real way of updating your address if you move. Additionally administrative errors are turning up left and right, CPLs are expiring in the LEIN system sometimes months before the date printed on the CPL.
Here is what Every Town for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action are saying about this Bill.
Does it say anything anywhere about how this ONLY applies to people ELIGIBLE to renew? Nope. These tactics should be criminal in all honesty. Deliberately misleading people to think their safety is being compromised in order to block a Bill that aims to make things easier on someone who may be going through a rough patch in their life is so wrong on many levels.
One of the people mentioned by the sponsors of the bill ended up being sentenced to 2 years prison time, $3500 in fines and is a felon for life now. His crime? His wife had been hospitalized for 6 months, they had 3 kids, he was working 2 jobs, still managed to coach soft ball and be a part of his church’s security team.
ETFGS and MDA think this is fair treatment for failing to swing by the County Clerks office and pay his renewal fee.
I don’t wish harm on anybody, but I most assuredly wish explosive diarrhea and sneezing fits on every one of these deceitful people.