Michigan Takes a Step Towards Allowed Concealed Carry Without a License

The Michigan House of Representatives recently passed a bill that removes permitting and licensing requirements for concealed carry in Michigan. The legislation now moves to the Senate. If it’s successful there it heads to Governor Snyder for consideration.

The bill doesn’t change the law that prohibits felons from owning or possessing a firearm. However, in addition to removing the permitting requirement, the bill also reduces penalties for failing to have identification and for failing to disclose the weapon to a law enforcement officer. There are a few other notable provisions in the bill including a repeal of the current law that prohibits security guards from carrying concealed except while they’re performing their duties. The law also removes firearms from the list of included weapons when a law or regulation prohibits possession of dangerous weapons.

Michigan law currently allows residents to openly carry without training or a permit. Some people say that requiring a permit for concealed carry but not open carry is unfair, and that it only creates costs and bureaucracy. Others say that regulations are justified because of ongoing struggles with gun violence and because training requirements improve gun use and safety. The vote fell largely on party lines with Republicans voting for the measure while Democrats opposed it.

Currently, a person who wants to concealed carry in Michigan must apply for a permit. The applicant must file the application in the county where they live. There are fees to pay, and a person must submit their fingerprints as part of the application process. They must complete a training course that teaches them how to use and care for their weapon.

In addition, an applicant for a concealed carry permit in Michigan may not be the restrained party in a personal protection order or have been found not guilty of a crime by reason of insanity. There are other requirements that prohibit people with certain criminal convictions from receiving a permit. There’s also a residency requirement for a successful application.

There’s no indication as to whether Governor Snyder would approve the bills. In 2012, Snyder vetoed legislation to allow concealed carry in gun-free zones like schools. Snyder vetoed that bill in the wake of the Sandy Hook shooting that took the lives of twenty students and six adults.

Source: Detroit Free Press: http://www.freep.com/story/news/2017/06/07/no-permit-training-needed-concealed-carry-guns-passed-house/378659001/

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