Today, June 7, the Michigan House of Representatives passed a package of bills which would remove the requirement to obtain a concealed pistol license (CPL) in order to lawfully carry a firearm with a 59-49 vote. House Bills 4416, 4417, 4418 and 4419 would also make the current licensing system optional to allow citizens to obtain a license and take advantage of reciprocity agreements with other states.
HBs 4416, 4417, 4418 and 4419 recognize an individual’s unconditional Right to Keep and Bear Arms for self-defense in the manner he or she chooses. Self-defense situations are difficult, if not impossible, to anticipate. Accordingly, a law-abiding adult’s right to defend himself or herself in such situations should not be conditioned by government-mandated time delays and taxes. Twelve states currently have laws which allow law-abiding individuals to possess a concealed firearm for self-defense without a permit.
The NRA applauds the bill sponsors, Speaker Leonard, and the Representatives who supported this measure. These bills will now go to the Senate for consideration. Stay tuned to www.nraila.org and your email inbox for further updates.