House panel advances Rep. Cole’s ‘right to carry’ legislation

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State Rep. Triston Cole speaks before the House Judiciary Committee in support of his legislation to enable law-abiding citizens to carry concealed pistols without obtaining a government-issued permit.

State Rep. Triston Cole’s legislation enabling law-abiding citizens to carry concealed pistols without obtaining a government-issued permit was approved today by the House Judiciary Committee.

Cole’s legislation, House Bill 4419, is part of a four-bill package that gives people back their fundamental right to bear arms and ensures that law-abiding citizens do not have additional burdens placed on them for carrying a pistol for their personal protection.

“The current law already allows law-abiding citizens to carry openly without getting a license. People who are legally allowed to possess a pistol shouldn’t be taxed to conceal it under a coat,” said Cole, of Mancelona. “The only change under these bills is that those same honest people would be allowed to conceal their gun under a piece of clothing.”

Cole stressed that the legislation would not give criminals more access to pistols.

“This legislation does not remove the requirement that a person get a background check to purchase a handgun,” he said. “In addition, any person prohibited from purchasing a firearm under state or federal law would not be allowed to carry. They’re not allowed to possess, so they wouldn’t be allowed to carry under these bills.”

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 be necessary for people to carry openly in certain restricted zones.

House Bills 4416-19 now move to the full House for consideration.

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