Michigan Constitutional Carry Moves Forward, But What is in the Bill?

No, you can’t carry without a license yet Michiganders. Period. Done. End of Story.

But we are getting there.

Here’s the house Summary of the four bill package now awaiting concurrence with the Senate again.

First, CPLs aren’t going away or really becoming any less useful. They still stand in for a NICS check for a firearm purchase and allow you the certain additional exemptions from non-licensees. CPLs are the only reciprocal form of concealed carry for out of state. Many Constitutional Carry States only allow their residents that right, not visitors.

Second, legal language is being amended to decriminalize carry of a firearm concealed on a person or in a vehicle and narrow the criminal act to only those already prohibited from possessing a firearm. Basically if you shouldn’t have the gun you’re in more trouble because you’re hiding it. But if it is your gun and you’re allowed to have it, you can carry it concealed or otherwise. This also simplifies transporting all firearms as their loaded or unloaded status becomes a moot point and firearms like the Mossberg 590 Shockwave become an option as a “Trunk Gun”

Third and VERY IMPORTANT,  the language does nothing to amend or alter pistol free zones. The open carry pistol free zones will apply to non-licensee concealed carry. This means, Wal-Mart, Meijer, Walgreens, and any restaurant that serves or sells any alcohol is off limits (Liquor Control Code). Banks are off limits also. The non-licensed zones are more restrictive than the licensed zones.

Fourth, it simplifies and eliminates a great many procedural exemptions like someone being exempt from the prohibition on non-licensed concealed carry if they are on their own property since non-licensed carry would no longer be prohibited except in PFZs.

Fifth, the language for disclosing carry and the fines and fees associated with a violation are simplified. Now instead of immediately disclosing if you are carrying or transporting a loaded firearm to a peace officer you must do so on request by the peace officer. Failure to disclose on request and/or carrying without State ID (and CPL for CPL holders) would be a straight $100 fine civil infraction.

About Keith Finch

Keith Finch
Keith is the Editor-in-Chief of GAT Marketing editor@gatdaily.com A USMC Infantry Veteran and Small Arms and Artillery Technician, Keith covers the evolving training and technology from across the shooting industry. A Certified Instructor since 2009 he has taught concealed weapons courses in the West Michigan area in the years since and continues to pursue training and teaching opportunities as they arise.

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