Michigan Lawmakers Introduce Four Constitutional Carry Bills

Michigan Lawmakers Introduce Four Constitutional Carry Bills

Michigan Lawmakers Introduce Four Constitutional Carry Bills

When it comes to politics, there’s no such thing as overkill. Members of the Michigan House of Representatives introduced four separate bills that would legalize permitless carry in The Wolverine State. Representatives Lee Chatfield (R-Levering), Triston Cole (R-Mancelona), Tom Barrett (R-Potterville), and Jim Runestad, (R-White Lake), introduced the bills earlier this month, which if passed, would make Michigan the 8th state to have what is now commonly called “constitutional carry.” The lawmakers argue that law-abiding citizens that want to protect themselves should not have to apply for a Concealed Pistol License (CPL) before being able to carry a concealed weapon. Open carry in Michigan already requires no permit.

“We are required to take a driver’s test occasionally to get or maintain our driver’s licenses, but tens of thousands of people are killed in traffic accidents every year, regardless of having passed a state-sanctioned training course and paying to obtain a license,” Rep. Runestad said in a joint press release. “Bureaucracy and fees do not make people better drivers. Requiring a special permit to carry a concealed weapon just forces inefficient spending and inconveniences responsible gun owners.”

Strong support for gun rights in Michigan had already lead to the loosening of the permit system. Early last year governor Rick Snyder signed a law that did away with the state’s county gun boards and required the state police to create an online renewal process.

“This is common-sense legislation to give lawful gun owners another option for self-defense,” Rep. Chatfield said. “People who desire a permit to carry a concealed weapon, perhaps because it is necessary to carry a concealed pistol in another state, could still take the necessary training and obtain a permit. A license to carry just would not be required in Michigan.”

 

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