By: GPM Staff
Michigan is officially considering adopting Constitutional Carry as Rep. Steve Johnson (R-HD-72) has introduced bills to make it so law-abiding citizens don’t have to ask the government permission before exercising their Second Amendment rights.
“Constitutional Carry is the simple concept that if you can legally possess a handgun, you should be able to carry that firearm openly, or concealed, without having to beg the government for permission. We’re thrilled to work with Rep. Johnson on this critical piece of legislation,” said Brenden Boudreau, Executive Director of Great Lake Gun Rights, in a press release.
Great Lakes Gun Rights (GLGR) – the state affiliate of the National Association for Gun Rights – is championing this bill.
“Brenden and GLGR have been fighting for the Second Amendment in Michigan for years – and everyone here at the National Association for Gun Rights is proud to stand with them in lobbying the legislature to pass these bills into law.” said Dudley Brown, President of the National Association for Gun Rights.
Under current Michigan law, resident can open carry a firearm without a permit, but in order to carry concealed, one must obtain a permit. The permit is effectively a “coat tax.”
“Michigan has some of the most draconian gun control measures in the country – severely punishing citizens who want to wear a coat while carrying during our infamously cold winters with a five-year felony if they don’t first obtain a CPL,” Boudreau added. “With there now being 20 Constitutional Carry states across the country, it’s long past time for Michigan to pass this important legislation and to stop treating gun owners like criminals.”
Supporters can sign the petition to restore their rights and pass Constitutional Carry in Michigan by clicking here.
Teresa Mull (firstname.lastname@example.org) is editor of Gunpowder Magazine.