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Crawford County Sheriff Reacts to Bill Eliminating Gun Boards

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A bill making its way through Lansing would eliminate local gun boards.

Supporters say the bill would streamline the process of getting a concealed weapon and reduce unnecessary delays.

Some local sheriffs have their concerns. Under the bill, they would take over the responsibility of making the final decision instead of the board.

Crawford County is one of few gun boards in the area that requires applicants to appear in person before the board to receive a concealed pistol license.

Sheriff Kirk Wakefield says he does not support the bill because it puts too much responsibility on local sheriffs. He says the current system has worked very well in his county and does not need to be changed.

Some sheriffs think Michigan's Secretary of State office should take over the process of approving and doing background checks on people who want to carry a concealed weapon.

The bill now goes to the state house.