Will Michigan become the next state to approve Constitutional carry legislation?
- Allow law-abiding citizens to carry a concealed firearm without a permit.
- Remove open and concealed carry from laws that restrict one from carrying dangerous weapons.
- Allow security guards to carry concealed when they’re off duty. Currently, they can only carry while on duty.
The bills passed along a mostly party-line vote Wednesday, 59-49. During the debate on the floor, Republicans pointed out that there is no permit requirement for open carry in Michigan so it makes little sense to have one for concealed carry. They also argued that the 13 states that have enacted permitless carry haven’t descended into chaos.
“The people’s Republic of Vermont, Bernie Sanders-ville has had this for years and it’s not a hotbed of gun violence,” said state Rep. Gary Glenn (R-Midland), according to the Detroit Free Press.
Democrats, on the other hand, claimed that the new laws would make a cop’s job more difficult and do nothing to improve the safety of communities around the Great Lake State.
“This is dangerous for our law enforcement and families. As a law abiding gun owner, I honor and respect the second amendment,” said state Rep. Donna Lasinski (D-Scio Township). “Expanding concealed carry while removing training requirement is not sensible, dangerous and it’s not good for our community.”
The bills now head to the Senate for consideration. Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof (R-West Olive) said that there is no timeline for the chamber to review the bill. Hopefully, it’s sooner rather than later. We’ll keep you posted.
In other Michigan-related news, Democratic lawmakers in the House introduced an “Extreme Risk Protection Order” bill this week that would allow judges to strip an individual of his or her 2A rights if law enforcement or family members present evidence that the individual is a threat to himself/herself or others.
“This legislation is about public safety. If someone has made threats of violence or suicide, it only makes sense to take those threats seriously,” State Rep. Robert Wittenberg (D-Oak Park) said in a press release. “By following a court process to only temporarily limit access to guns for these individuals, we can better protect our families and communities. This legislation would give us another tool to try and prevent more senseless tragedies.”
While the intent of the law is to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people, it also leaves the door open for abuse as it provides the government an expedited way to strip away basic rights without the traditional channels of due process. Put quite simply, it inverts the legal paradigm as it relates to firearm seizure to confiscate today, litigate tomorrow.