Isn’t it already legal to openly carry a handgun without a permit in Michigan?
Just like the recent situation in New Hampshire, law-abiding citizens feel that in order to carry a gun they are required to ask for permission from their government.
Earlier this year, New Hampshire lawmakers passed legislation abolishing their concealed carry permit requirement and Gov. Chris Sununu (R) signed the bill on February 22.
North Dakota followed suit and abolished their concealed permit requirement on March 24, 2017.
Now Michigan lawmakers are becoming eager to make the same change.
Michigan’s House of Representatives are seeing that this bill would abolish a concealed carry permit requirement in the state, thus making the Second Amendment the only permit law-abiding residents of the state would need.
According to breitbart,
The legislation would make Michigan the 13th state to recognize the Second Amendment as a sufficient carry permit. The other 12 states are Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, Kansas, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Vermont, Wyoming, and West Virginia. Additionally, Arkansas and Montana recognize permitless carry throughout the majority of their states.
According to the Associated Press, State Rep. Michele Hoitenga (R-Manton) believes the permitting process is a burdensome requirement for law-abiding citizens. Moreover, she says she “sees too many law-abiding citizens getting in trouble by not having their license.” In other words, law-abiding citizens are getting in trouble for exercising their God-given Second Amendment rights without first asking the state’s permission.
Hoitenga pointed out that open carry without a permit is already legal in Michigan, but citizens who legally open carry without a permit become criminals if they put on a jacket or sweatshirt that covers the gun.
Michigan Open Carry’s Tom Lambert echoed Hoitenga’s point and explained that the legislation heading to the full House simply makes open carry and concealed carry laws congruent. Pursuit of such congruence was a driving force for the abolition of concealed carry permit requirement in New Hampshire and North Dakota earlier this year.
As with other states that have abolished a concealed carry permitting requirement, Michigan would retain the permitting process for those wishing to acquire license for reciprocity with other states.
Honestly, the last thing a law abiding citizen wants to do is pull their gun on someone, but it’s nice having the law on your side if it is your only choice…