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2011 House Bill 5225: Repeal pistol purchase permit mandate:

Public Act 377 of 2012

  1. Introduced by Rep. Paul Opsommer (R) on December 13, 2011, to establish that a person who is purchasing more than one pistol is only required to fill out one of the “basic pistol safety review questionnaires” required when getting a license to purchase a pistol; prohibit dealers from keeping a photo or "biometric" record of purchasers, and more.
    • Referred to the House Judiciary Committee on December 13, 2011.
      • Reported in the House on May 24, 2012, with the recommendation that the substitute (H-3) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the House on June 12, 2012. The substitute failed by voice vote in the House on June 12, 2012.
    • Substitute offered by Rep. Paul Opsommer (R) on June 12, 2012, to replace the previous version of the bill with one that repeals the pistol permit license law. The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on June 12, 2012.
  2. Passed 74 to 36 in the House on June 13, 2012, to repeal the law that prohibits purchasing a pistol unless a person gets a "purchase permit" from local police. The bill would also require police departments to destroy the records they have accumulated under this law. Federal law already requires gun sellers to perform an "instant background check" on the buyer using a federal database.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the Senate on June 14, 2012.
    • Referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee on June 14, 2012.
      • Reported in the Senate on September 11, 2012, with the recommendation that the bill pass.
    • Substitute offered in the Senate on December 12, 2012, to limit the purchase permit repeal to purchases from federally licensed firearms dealers, but leave it in place for person-to-person sales. The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on December 12, 2012.
  4. Passed 27 to 11 in the Senate on December 12, 2012, to repeal the law that prohibits purchasing a pistol from a federally licensed dealer unless a person gets a "purchase permit" from local police, but leave this requirement in place for person-to-person sales. Federal law already requires gun sellers to perform an "instant background check" on the buyer using a federal database.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  5. Received in the House on December 12, 2012.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Paul Opsommer (R) on December 13, 2012, to correct an obsolete reference. The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on December 13, 2012.
  6. Passed 73 to 36 in the House on December 13, 2012, to repeal the law that prohibits purchasing a pistol from a federally licensed dealer unless a person gets a "purchase permit" from local police, but leave this requirement in place for person-to-person sales. Federal law already requires gun sellers to perform an "instant background check" on the buyer using a federal database.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  7. Received in the Senate on December 14, 2012.
  8. Passed 27 to 11 in the Senate on December 14, 2012, to concur with the House-passed version of the bill.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  9. Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on December 18, 2012.

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