Senate committee approves Richardville measure to revise post-purchase hand gun inspection requirements
LANSING - Legislation to eliminate post-purchase safety inspection requirements for pistols was unanimously approved today by the Senate Judiciary Committee, said Sen. Randy Richardville, bill sponsor.
“The current inspection process for pistols is burdensome and repetitive,” said Richardville, R-Monroe. “This legislation will make the process easier for law abiding pistol owners by allowing them to submit a registration by mail or return it in person after purchasing the gun.”
State law now requires individuals to obtain a purchase license and consent to criminal background checks. After the purchase, the gun owner must take the pistol to a local law enforcement officer for an inspection and to turn in a different registration form.
Richardville sponsored the legislation after hearing from constituents who felt the current process was overly burdensome and needed to be streamlined.
Senate Bill 370, sponsored by Richardville, would allow new pistol owners to mail in the registration within 10 days after it was purchased or obtained. A companion bill, SB 371, would create a state civil infraction for individuals who fail to return the registration during that time. The gun owner could be fined up to $250.
“These measures will help remove the unnecessary government bureaucracy from the pistol purchasing process,” Richardville said. “It will also allow local law enforcement agencies to focus their time on other community needs.”
The measures have been sent to the full Senate for consideration.
Posted: Tuesday, June 10, 2008
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