Any legal firearm owner would be allowed to carry a concealed gun without a permit or mandatory training under a new plan approved by the Michigan House. Michigan already allows open carrying of firearms.
The Michigan House has passed a package of four bills that would make concealed pistol licenses optional for people living in the state, according to Detroit News.
The primary bill passed 59 to 49, mostly along party lines, Wednesday while others passed on similar votes.
Supporters say the bill will extend constitutional rights to gun owners, while opponents argued it would endanger public safety without current rules required under the state’s 17-year-old concealed carry law.
If the bill passes the Senate and does nt get vetoed by the Governor, then it would remove the restriction of requiring a license to carry a concealed pistol and make education or training voluntary, but not required.
WWJ Lansing Bureau Chief Tim Skubick said the legislation also undoes a state law that also requires mandatory background checks and training.
“This is a classic gun legislative battle, if you will, between the anti-gun folks and the NRA — and so far the NRA is winning,” Skubick said. “A question mark in this debate, however, remains Governor Snyder. He’s not the pro-gun lobby guy that the NRA would like to have. He’s vetoed gun bills before; the question is will he veto this one?”
Northern Michigan Republican Lee Chatfield believes the legislation will make communities safer.
“I wholeheartedly believe allowing law-abiding citizens the opportunity to have the same freedoms that criminals already do in the state will make our communities safer,” he said.
Kalamazoo Democrat Jon Hoadley believes this new bill will cause untrained people to bring firearms around their kids.
“What I’ve seen is the outpouring of folks who raise serious concerns about people without training may now bring very powerful and potentially dangerous tools around their children unbeknownst to them,” Hoadley said.
The bill will go to the Senate next. If it passes there, it will be up to the Governor to decide if he will veto it.
(Article By Jeremiah Jones)