House Republicans introduce 'constitutional carry' bill
A new bill would allow gun owners to carry a concealed pistol without a permit from the state. Right now, gun owners have to get a concealed pistol license, which requires taking a gun safety class among other things.
The "constitutional carry" bill is already law in 13 states.
Rep. Triston Cole (R-Mancelona) is one of the bill’s sponsors. He calls it a “freedom issue,” saying law-abiding gun owners shouldn’t need a permit to carry a concealed handgun.
“This will go a long ways to allow legal law-abiding citizens to not jump through yet another hoop in order to exercise their Second Amendment right,” says Cole.
Cole says the state’s licensing system will remain in place so Michiganders can carry legally in other states.
The bill was introduced Tuesday. It will now go before the House Judiciary Committee.