FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
March 17, 2011
Carmella Sabaugh (586) 469-7939
Clerk targets shorter lines, online pistol license application hits bull’s-eye
Over 23,000 current Macomb County concealed pistol license holders, plus new applicants, wanting a new or renewed concealed pistol permit will get shorter lines and faster processing thanks to a new service to be unveiled tomorrow by Macomb County Clerk / Register of Deeds Carmella Sabaugh. The service allows people to apply online for a concealed pistol license after they complete a gun safety course. It is integrated with the county clerk’s system, reducing data entry costs to taxpayers and risk of error while cutting the wait time in line for applicants.
“Using technology, we streamlined due process rights to help citizens exercise their Second Amendment rights,” said Sabaugh, who serves as clerk of the Macomb County Concealed Weapons Licensing Board.
“After applicants receive their safety certifications we provide them with the online link,” said Tom Potapa, Manager of Peters Indoor Range & Gun Shop in Roseville, where certification courses are taught.
“Macomb County’s service will definitely help CPL applicants,” said Charles Burnett, retired St. Clair Shores Police Chief, who has a CPL license.
The three-member Macomb County Concealed Weapon Licensing Board includes Prosecutor Eric Smith, Michigan State Police Lt. Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, and Sheriff Anthony Wickersham.
"I am all for the streamlining of the concealed pistol license process to those law abiding citizens of Macomb County," said Wickersham. “Our Second Amendment rights are important and this program is a start in the right direction."
“Citizens are well aware of their Constitutional rights, and this service is an attempt to make it easier for those who play by the rules,” said Macomb County Commissioner Fred Miller. “Government agencies looking to do more with less would do well to look to Macomb County Clerk Carmella Sabaugh.”
Starting tomorrow, Macomb County residents at least 21 years-old may apply online for a concealed pistol license, then must appear in person at the county clerk’s office to present their original pistol safety training certificate, a government-issued photo ID, and have their photo taken electronically.
Instead of waiting in line while clerks type all of the required data from the application form into the system, the data will be automatically input for clerks to accept through the new online system.
Applicants are then directed to the Sheriff's office to be fingerprinted. If a State Police and Sheriff criminal background check show no felonies and no disqualifying misdemeanors, then an appearance before the county Concealed Weapon Licensing Board is scheduled.
The CPL application fee is $105 and there is a $15 county E-photo processing fee. Sabaugh’s office processed 7,987 CPL applications in 2010 and brought in $207,636 as the county’s share of revenue from this service. She says her online service is the only way to keep up with demand after losing 20 staff members in the last three years due to budget cuts. Michigan has over 250,000 CPL holders.
The online CPL application form is at http://www.macombcountymi.gov/clerksoffice/ccw/
Sabaugh provides the online form at no additional cost to taxpayers through a cloud computing service called PerfectForms. It was already used by the clerk for online marriage license applications. It costs only $30 per month. Almost half of the county’s marriage licenses are now initiated online.
This is not the first improvement Sabaugh has made to the concealed pistol license process: