The Michigan House today approved legislation authored by state Rep. Matt Hall to protect gun owners from impractical and burdensome penalties.
House Bill 4003 reduces the penalty for carrying a concealed pistol on an expired concealed pistol license to a civil fine. The current penalty is a felony. If a person remains eligible to obtain a CPL and their license has been expired for less than one year before the date of the violation, they would face a $330 fine.
“The current felony penalty is overly harsh and can significantly disrupt people’s lives,” said Hall, of Marshall. “It can impact their ability to get or keep a job, get a loan to cover education costs and many other things – even if their license has only been expired for one day. People have already met the necessary safety and education requirements to have a CPL. They don’t just lose that knowledge when it expires, so this is common-sense criminal justice reform.”
Hall also said some individuals do not receive a reminder letter for renewal and are not aware their license is about to expire or already has. This problem often arises when a person moves and a reminder letter is sent to a prior address.
HB 4003 now moves to the Senate for further consideration.
“DTE’s $368 million electric rate increase on Michigan residents and job providers is nothing compared to what’s coming down the pipeline next. The utilities will collect a windfall under Democrats’ energy mandates that became law this week.”
“The population council’s current proposal isn’t even a real plan and has no strategy to grow our population,” Hall said. “It’s just a long wish list for new revenues — tax hikes on Michiganders.”
“Michiganders want their leaders to work together to make our state safe and successful,” Hall said. “The balance of power in the House of Representatives is a call to bipartisanship, and Michigan legislators on both sides of the aisle should answer the call and find common ground.”