Protecting Second Amendment rights

During the past few weeks, I have approved two pieces of legislation that protect our Second Amendment rights: Senate Bill 11 and Senate Resolution 22, which I co-sponsored.

Senate Bill 11 would require county clerks to continue issuing and renewing concealed pistol licenses during declared states of emergency.

Gov. Whitmer’s “stay home, stay safe” order closed and delayed many businesses and services throughout the state. Fingerprinting was one of the many services affected by the order. This led to many difficulties in completing a concealed pistol license application and to some applications being denied. Michigan’s current law requires that fingerprints must be taken within 45 days of the application being filed or the application for the CPL must be withdrawn. This led to a backlog of applications, and with no fingerprinting services available, many Michigan residents had their applications go unprocessed. SB 11 would help prevent this from happening again.

SB 11 specifies that emergency orders would not affect a county clerk’s duty to issue a CPL and provide fingerprinting services or to issue CPL renewals or provide identification numbers to individuals. The bill has passed the Senate and is now before a Michigan House of Representatives committee.

Senate Resolution 22 is a resolution to firmly support the preservation of the Second Amendment.

This resolution was adopted after the White House issued a statement calling for Congress to pass laws that expand background checks on the private transfer of guns, ban some semi-automatic firearms and high-capacity magazines, and eliminate immunity for gun manufacturers.

I firmly believe in our rights under the Second Amendment. It is a fundamental right that shall not be infringed. I will continue to work to protect the rights of all law-abiding gun owners in Michigan.