State Rep. Sue Allor’s legislation enabling law-abiding citizens to carry concealed pistols without obtaining a government-issued permit was approved today by the House Judiciary Committee.
Allor’s legislation is part of a four-bill package that gives people back their fundamental right to bear arms and ensures that law-abiding citizens are not unfairly restricted or prosecuted for carrying a pistol for their personal protection.
“Law-abiding citizens shouldn’t be required to pay fees and jump through hoops to get the government’s permission before being allowed to carrying a concealed pistol,” said Allor, of Wolverine. “The right to use firearms for self-defense is recognized by the state and federal constitutions. This is common-sense legislation that reinstates the fundamental rights of the people of Michigan.”
Allor stressed that the legislation would not give criminals more access to pistols, as it does not remove the requirement that a person get a background check to purchase a handgun.
“No one who is currently barred from purchasing a firearm will be allowed to carry a pistol because of these bills,” Allor said.
In addition, Allor said the current permitting structure will remain in place to allow Michigan residents an option to obtain a CPL to continue to carry in states that recognize Michigan’s permit. A CPL will also still be required for people to carry openly in certain restricted zones.
Allor’s measure, House Bill 4418, modifies the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act to allow concealed carry without a permit while in a field where wildlife is present. It does not prevent a person from prosecution for hunting without a license or out of season.
House Bills 4416-19 now move to the full House for consideration.