State Rep. Pamela Hornberger’s legislation enabling law-abiding citizens to carry concealed pistols without obtaining a government-issued permit was approved today by the House Judiciary Committee.
Hornberger’s legislation, House Bill 4417, 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 upon them for carrying a pistol for their personal protection.
“The Constitution grants all the permission the people of Michigan need to carry a firearm for their personal protection,” said Hornberger, of Chesterfield Township. “Honest, law-abiding citizens shouldn’t have to obtain a government-issued permit to exercise a right guaranteed by our Second Amendment. Our current law allows law abiding citizens to open carry without a license. People who are legally allowed to possess a pistol should not be taxed to conceal it under a piece of clothing.”
Hornberger stressed the legislation would not give criminals more access to pistols, as it does not remove the requirement that a person receive a background check to purchase a handgun.
“These reforms give legal gun owners more freedom to exercise their fundamental rights without impacting the protections already in place to prevent criminals from purchasing pistols,” Hornberger said.
While a permit would not be required to carry a concealed pistol if the bills are enacted into law, Hornberger said the current permitting structure would remain in place as an option. Michigan residents could choose to obtain a CPL to continue to carry and receive reciprocity in states that recognize Michigan’s permit. A CPL will also still be necessary for people to carry openly in certain restricted zones.
House Bills 4416-19 now move to the full House for consideration.