Michigan Ponders Right to Carry Legislation

We love it when our readers send us articles for us to cover. It’s happened recently when a reader sent us this “self-defense” story out of Washington, and again recently when we missed this Michigan legislation.

On March 28, Michigan lawmakers introduced a four-bill package that would remove penalties for carrying a concealed weapon without a permit. The bills were introduced into the Michigan House and was sponsored by Representatives Michele Hoitenga of Manton, Triston Cole of Mancelona, Sue Allor of Wolverine and Pamela Hornberger of Chesterfield Township.

“Responsible people shouldn’t have to obtain a special permit from the government to exercise a right that is guaranteed in both the U.S. and state constitutions,” Hoitenga said. “Other states have recently passed full constitutional carry laws, and I plead to my colleagues and our governor to pass this common-sense package that will allow law abiding women, like myself, to protect ourselves and our families without jumping through bureaucratic hoops. Criminals don’t complete the permitting process before they commit a crime, and it’s time we level the playing field for lawful people who want nothing more than to protect their families.”

Currently in Michigan, open carry is completely permissible but if the gun is concealed in any way, even unintentionally by wearing a jacket, it is illegal. Allor argued that whether the gun is concealed or not should have no affect on a person’s ability to legally carry and defend themselves as long as they are law abiding in every other way.

A background check would still be required if the bill passes. Anyone who is not currently legally allowed to carry due to a criminal record or other issue would not be affected by the change–they would still not legally be allowed to carry.

We’ll keep you updated on the outcome.