MI state house passes concealed carry without permits bill

Bruno Cirelli
Giugno 10, 2017

Although the House gave initial approval to a bill Wednesday that would allow concealed handguns to be carried without a permit in certain places, the debate continues, with even some Republicans opposed to the measure. The bill will now go to the Senate. Assistant district attorneys would be allowed to carry concealed weapons into court, and legislators and their staffs would be allowed to carry concealed weapons without permits while they are in the Legislative Building.

The Michigan House of Representatives has passed four bills that would eliminate the need for people carrying a concealed pistol to have a license.

The latest measure features certain restrictions and applies to persons 18 or older and who aren't otherwise prohibited by law to carry a firearm.

Hagler said that if the bill is passed it will no longer be "workable" for officers on the street to tell if people carrying a weapon concealed have any of the disqualifiers that are now screened for.

"I wholeheartedly believe allowing law-abiding citizens the opportunity to have the same freedoms that criminals already do in this state will make our communities safer", he added.

Democrats said the bills would allow misdemeanor offenders, including some sexual offenders such as stalkers, to carry concealed pistols.

According to the NRA's website, about 12 states do not require a permit to conceal-carry a handgun.

Opponents say not requiring concealed pistol licenses — and the training required to get them — could pose dangers to police and the public.

Since the MI bill is broken up into multiple parts, it's possible that we could get the concealed carry portion passed but hang on to (and improve) the training portion. "Today's a good day, when you get to vote to uphold the constitution".

"This disgraceful and unsafe vote puts our families at risk", said chapter leader Christy Clark. He said while he is all for gun rights, he just can't support the bill.

Some gun owners carry openly in an effort to deter crime, while others would rather keep a low profile and rely on the element of surprise if they are accosted or witness an act of violence.

"I do not think that this is a deal that is in the best interest of the general public", said N.C. Rep. Terry Garrison, who voted against the bill.

Other components of the bill package include a decrease in penalties that are now imposed on carriers for failure to disclose that they are concealing. "Someone needs to know the limits and the responsibilities and the bounds in which they can use a weapon in that capacity for a civilian".

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