The Michigan House of Representatives today approved legislation introduced by state Rep. Pamela Hornberger to give law-abiding citizens back their fundamental right to bear arms without a government-issued permit.
Hornberger’s legislation, House Bill 4417, is part of a four-bill package that removes the penalties for carrying a concealed handgun without first obtaining a concealed pistol license.
“This is a common-sense reform that eliminates government over-reach to give honest, law-abiding people the freedom to exercise their right to carry a firearm for their personal protection without undue burdens,” said Hornberger, of Chesterfield Township. “If someone can currently openly carry a pistol without a permit, there’s no reason for that same person not to be allowed to carry concealed.”
Under the plan, the current CPL permitting structure will remain in place to allow Michigan residents an option to obtain a CPL to continue to carry and receive reciprocity in states that recognize Michigan’s permit. A CPL will also continue to allow people to carry openly in certain restricted zones.
Hornberger said the legislation does not give criminals more access to firearms because a background check would still be required when purchasing a handgun.
“Our legislation won’t change who is eligible to purchase a pistol, it simply gives people who are already legally allowed to purchase guns the freedom to carry their guns in the manner they are most comfortable,” Hornberger said.
House Bills 4416-19 now move to the Senate for consideration.