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Michigan House Republicans passed a bill to eliminate the state’s requirement of needing a permit to conceal carry. Republicans hold a majority of 63 to 47 in the House. The bill is now in the hands of the state Senate, where Republicans hold a 27 to 11 majority, but the passage of the bill is uncertain, forcing House Republicans to send letters to Senate Republicans to get behind their bill and pass it.

State representatives including Rep. John Reilly, R-Oakland Twp., are urging the Senate to take up House-passed legislation to eliminate the requirement for concealed pistol licenses.

In a letter addressed to Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof, R-West Olive, Reilly and 14 other state representatives urged Meekhof to “expeditiously pass” gun legislation.

The bills passed earlier this month by the House would make it so that Michiganders no longer needed a concealed pistol license to carry a concealed pistol…

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Democrats are fighting the bill, as expected and also trying to put pressure on Senate Republicans to not pass the bill. If passed, it will go to Gov. Rick Snyder, a Republican to sign into law. Michigan Republicans claim that requiring a permit to conceal carry violates a person’s Second Amendment rights and constitutional right to self-defense.

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