New legislation could mean no more permits to conceal carry guns

Person openly carrying a gun, Photo: Wikimedia Commons / MGN

A new proposal could soon end the need to get a permit to conceal carry a gun in Michigan. Currently, a permit is required by law but new legislation being considered in Lansing would change that.

The concern for opponents is centered around crime, and fighting gun violence.

Meanwhile, supporters of this four bill package claim the requirement of a permit to conceal carry a weapon in Michigan does little to fight crime. But one lawmaker from Flint strongly disagrees with that point.

When people apply for a CPL, conceal pistol license, in Michigan that mandate comes with a training course. Democratic house representative Sheldon Neeley worries removing the mandate will mean less people will take the course.

"I think if we reduce these laws to allow people to carry weapons that they've not be trained to carry I think we're asking for disaster in many communities," said Rep. Sheldon Neeley, (D) Flint.

Paul Hales is the indoor range manager at Fenton Lakes Sportsmen's Club. It's an organization that offers CPL classes.

Hales agrees the training is crucial, but also believes that training should be a choice. Hales says he agrees with this proposed legislation.

"I'm a firm believer in the right to keep and bear arms and I also believe that the federal government and the state government should not do anything to infringe upon that right," said Paul Hales, indoor range manager, Fenton Lakes Sportsmen's Club.

Republican state representative Michele Hoitenga is the sponsor. According to her office, a vote is expected on this four bill package by the house judiciary committee Tuesday. If passed, it would then move to the house floor.

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