‘Punishment should fit the crime’ for people who forget to renew CPL
Legislation introduced by state Representative Shane Hernandez (R-Port Huron) passed the Michigan House of Representatives today with large bipartisan support.
House Bill 4458 would protect concealed pistol license (CPL) holders from facing excessive and unreasonable punishments simply for forgetting to renew their licenses before the expiration date.
CPL holders currently face the possibility of a five-year felony if they are found in possession of a concealed pistol even one day after their license expires. The same punishment as individuals who have never obtained a CPL.
“A person who has underwent firearms training, has exercised their Constitutional rights responsibly, and has every intention of following the rules doesn’t deserve to face felony charges merely for forgetting about the expiration date on their CPL,” said Hernandez. “This is common sense legislation that I feel is long overdue.”
The Hernandez legislation creates a six-month “grace period” after the license expires where people who remain eligible for a CPL would be subject to a $330 fine if found to be carrying a concealed pistol. The fine can also be waived if the individual receives a renewal license within 60 days of the violation.
House Bill 4458 now moves to the Senate for consideration.