The Michigan House of Representatives today approved legislation sponsored by state Rep. Sue Allor to give law-abiding citizens back their fundamental right to bear arms without a government-issued permit.
Allor’s legislation, House Bill 4418, is part of a four-bill package that removes the penalties for carrying a concealed handgun without first obtaining a concealed pistol license (CPL).
“It is already perfectly legal for someone to openly carry a pistol without obtaining a license from the state, but it’s illegal for that same, unlicensed person to throw a jacket on if it covers up the gun,” said Allor, of Wolverine. “Right now, a thin piece of fabric can make all the difference between a criminal act and a legal act, and it doesn’t come as a surprise that some well-intending people inadvertently break the law.
“Our legislation simplifies things so that legal gun owners won’t have unfair burdens placed on them for exercising their Second Amendment right to bear arms for their personal protection.”
Allor said the legislation does not give criminals more access to pistols because a background check would still be required when purchasing a handgun.
“The reforms give legal gun owners back their fundamental rights without having any effect on the protections already in place to prevent criminals from purchasing pistols,” Allor said.
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.
Specifically, Allor’s bill 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 Senate for consideration.