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Bill allows residents to conceal carry without permit

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A Michigan House panel approved a set of bills that would allow residents to carry concealed weapons without a permit or training, the Detroit Free Press reported.

The bills, House Bills 4416 to 4419, will now move to the entire House. If the House approves the bills they will move to the Senate and then Gov. Rick Snyder before becoming law.

Under current law, residents can open carry a firearm without a permit.

The bills were sponsored by State Reps. Michele Hoitenga, Pamela Hornberger, Sue Allor and Triston Cole.

"The House Judiciary Committee approved an amendment that would require someone carrying a concealed weapon, if stopped by police, to inform the officer, upon request. Lawmakers rejected several other amendments, including one to make firearms training mandatory," the Freep reported.

Currently, residents have to take an eight hour gun safety course and pay for a concealed pistol license, which is about $100.

The bills would:

  • Remove carrying of a firearm from the prohibition on carrying a dangerous weapon, whether concealed or not, on a person or in a vehicle.
  • Apply the prohibition on carrying a concealed pistol only to a person who is prohibited by state or federal law from possessing a firearm.
  • Repeal a provision allowing armed security guards to carry a pistol only when on duty and remove the maximum term of imprisonment for a violation from inclusion in the sentencing guidelines.
  • Repeal a provision providing for exceptions to the current prohibition on carrying a concealed pistol without a license.
  • Specify that the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act cannot be construed to prohibit an individual from transporting a pistol or carrying a loaded pistol, whether concealed or not.

"It enhances our constitution and constitutional carry, but in practice and in play that's where I see there's a potential without training that there could be an issue," said Phil Sheridan, owner of Sheridan Arms in Saginaw Township.

He is adamant training is a must. His store offers a training course and he said he has seen enough firearm rookies to know training goes a long way.

"Of all the people who come through here, they need training and they need to be trained in such a way that they are safe carrying a gun," Sheridan said.

The bills passed the House panel by a 6-4 vote, according to the Freep.

"You have to be trained. I would not trust someone walking around Meijer with no training on a firearm," said Aaron Mowen, Saginaw resident.

The latest piece of legislature has some people worried about guns getting into the wrong hands.

"It does scare me a lot. I do think that there should be a lot of training and it terrifies me that people who have no training can get their hands on guns," said Jacob Austin, Saginaw resident.

Those worries are not lost on Sheridan, who is passionate about gun owners' rights but also concerned about safety.

"While we want people to carry and we want everyone to be involved and engaged in firearm ownership, we would love to see that coupled with training," Sheridan said.

You can read more about the bill here.

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