Michigan’s House legislators are connsidering constitutional carry! With constitutional carry, the 2nd Amendment serves as your concealed carry permit, and you are not required to have a tangible license.
Open carry is already legal without a permit in Michigan, as it is in many states. However a problem arises if the law-abiding citizen puts on a jacket or perhaps their shirt hangs down over the gun. At this point, they are now required to produce a government issued ID, when just seconds before, they were obeying the law.
New Hampshire lawmakers passed legislation abolishing their concealed carry permit requirement earlier this year 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 pushing to make the same change.
The Detroit Free Press reports that Rep. Michele Hoitenga (R-Manton)–a sponsor of the permitless carry bill–suggested the only reason a permit exists is so the state government can collect fees for the exercise of natural rights.
Hoitenga stated, “It is currently legal in the state of Michigan for a law-abiding person to openly carry a firearm on their person without any training classes, fees or state bureaucracy. It only becomes illegal when a person puts on a coat because the gun then becomes concealed. Our Second Amendment should not be used as a money grab for permit fees.”
Michigan Open Carry president Tom Lambert echoed Hoitenga, equating the fee for a concealed carry permit with a “coat tax.”
Presently, law-abiding Michigan residents have to pay about $100 to the state and take a class before being allowed to carry a concealed handgun for self-defense. This burdensome fee will be done away with if Hoitenga’s bill passes and is signed into law.
So it sounds like it may currently be more about the tax money rather than principle. Should all states have constitutional carry?