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2013 House Bill 4155: Make government firearms ownership databases non-public information

Public Act 204 of 2014

Introduced by Rep. Aric Nesbitt (R) on January 31, 2013
To establish that state databases containing information on licenses issued to individuals to purchase, carry, possess, or transport pistols are confidential and not subject to disclosure under the state Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The bill was introduced after a New York newspaper published the names and addresses of gun owners it acquired from a state database (New York has since banned releasing this information).   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the House Judiciary Committee on January 31, 2013
Reported in the House on February 27, 2014
With the recommendation that the substitute (H-3) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Substitute offered in the House on March 12, 2014
The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on March 12, 2014
Amendment offered by Rep. Jim Townsend (D) on March 12, 2014
To tie-bar the bill to House Bill 4774, meaning this bill cannot become law unless that one does also. HB 4774 would expand to all gun purchases, including rifles and shotguns, a state pistol purchase “license” mandate.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on March 12, 2014
Passed 81 to 28 in the House on March 13, 2014.
    See Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No".
To restrict access to a non-public database of applicants for a concealed pistol license to requests made using a state Law Enforcement Information Network (LEIN) or another system that maintains a record of who asked and when, and require the requestor asking about a particular individual to attest that the records are sought for a lawful purpose. This would somewhat broaden access to these already nonpublic records, but the bill is part of a legislative package that makes all state firearms databases confidential and not subject to disclosure under the state Freedom of Information Act (FOIA); see House Bill 5327.
Received in the Senate on March 18, 2014
Referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee on March 18, 2014
Reported in the Senate on April 23, 2014
With the recommendation that the substitute (S-2) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Substitute offered in the Senate on June 4, 2014
The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on June 4, 2014
Received in the House on June 4, 2014
Passed 81 to 28 in the House on June 10, 2014.
    See Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No".
To concur with the Senate-passed version of the bill.
Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on June 24, 2014

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