State Rep. Jim Runestad, of White Lake, today voted on the House floor to support a four-bill package allowing law-abiding citizens, who are not prohibited from possessing a firearm, to carry concealed without a permit in Michigan.
“We already allow people to carry a firearm openly without a fee or training requirement. This legislation is about getting rid of unfair penalties for law-abiding citizens, who are lawfully in possession of a firearm,” said Runestad, chair of the House Judiciary Committee, where the bills were first considered.
“Concealed carry is not any more dangerous than open carry and responsibility can’t be legislated. People who want to carry a firearm choose training regardless of whether they carry open or concealed, and the thirteen other states that have made training voluntary see an uptick in demand.”
This legislation retains the current requirement that a background check be completed before a handgun purchase is made. 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.
House Bills 4416-19 now move to the Senate for consideration.