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M I C H I G A N :
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SCRAPPING GUN BOARDS

Rick Snyder

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has signed two pieces of legislation into law
that will disband county gun review boards for concealed-carry permits
and streamline the process of obtaining permits.
Under the new laws, county clerks will issue concealed-carry permits
within 45 days as long as the applicant meets all requirements and passes
a background check from the state police-creating true shall-issue carry in
the Wolverine State.
"These bills streamline how we issue concealed pistol licenses, creating
a uniform system that will better support the rights of firearm owners in
Michigan," Snyder said in a statement after signing the measures.
The new laws take effect Dec. 1, 2015.

W

ould it surprise anyone if many Americans are reluctant to answer
personal questions about firearm ownership?
Conclusions drawn from a recent national survey have some in the
so-called "mainstream" media gloating over an alleged decline in gun
ownership. Yet with gun sales at record highs for the past several years and new
shooters flooding ranges, it's sensible to question the General Social Survey's (
(gss) conclusion.
The gss reported that 32 percent of Americans own firearms or live with someone who owns
one-a decrease when compared to gss ownership rates from the 1970s and 1980s. Yet other recent
research indicates Americans are embracing firearm ownership at record levels.
As Steven Sanetti, president of the National Shooting Sports Foundation (nssf), pointed out in
an op-ed titled "Gun Ownership Declining? Don't Believe It," things are much different now than
in the 1970s and '80s.
"In this era of government mistrust and information
breaches, would you tell a stranger whether you own firearms
or not-or freely offer other personal or family information you
deem private?" Sanetti asked.
"The gss isn't actually counting the number of firearms in
each household. Rather, it is counting the number of individuals
willing to disclose to a stranger at their front door how many
firearms they own. There should be no surprise that despite an
unprecedented eight-year increase in federal background checks
to purchase guns, the increased number of carry permits, and
rising trends in firearm safety courses and hunting participation,
this survey shows a decrease in the number of firearms."
Sanetti's point is interesting, indeed, considering that gss
figures also indicated that Americans' confidence in all three
branches of government is at, or near, record lows. Results
indicated only 23 percent of Americans have a great deal of confidence in the Supreme Court,
11 percent in the executive branch and 5 percent in Congress.
Such distrust could make many Americans reluctant to honestly answer questions about gun
ownership to protect their privacy. Would you?
Additionally, firearm training is booming in the United States, with more instructors than ever
teaching an ever-increasing number of courses. It's likely many of those students are new gun
owners, lending further skepticism to a claim of decreasing ownership.
Best estimates put the number of gun owners in the United States at well more than 100 million.
But even if there were only 100, that wouldn't change the fact that the Second Amendment protects
an individual right to bear arms-a truth that many in the media won't acknowledge.

"In this era of government
mistrust and information
breaches, would you tell
a stranger whether you
own firearms or not-or
freely offer other personal
or family information you
deem private?"

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