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Michigan House Passes Constitutional Carry Bill

Keely Sharp
Written by Keely Sharp

In some states, like New York, it is illegal to even own a gun. Which is odd to me because, hello? Constitutional rights!! However, in most states, citizens are able to open carry or simply required to obtain a concealed carry license in order to carry concealed.
I, myself, have my carry license. I refuse to be a victim, and I do not particularly like to open carry because that officially makes you an immediate target to a criminal with a weapon.
The concept of constitutional carry, or being able to legally conceal carry without a permit, is sweeping the nation. More and more states are considering the legislature, and the Michigan House just passed a bill for it.

 

House bills 4416 through 4419 strike the requirement that a Michigander have a license to carry a concealed weapons. People banned from possessing firearms would be banned from carrying them as well. The bills also reduce penalties for certain infractions relating to carrying a pistol without proper identification or disclosure as well.

Rep. Michele Hoitenga, R-Manton, is a sponsor of one of the bills. She and other sponsors refer to the bills as “constitutional carry” in reference to the second amendment enshrining the right to bear arms.

Hoitenga stated, “People who can legally own a gun should have every right to carry a concealed pistol without jumping through bureaucratic hoops and landing on a list.”

Of course there will ALWAYS be a leftist rebuttal to anything constitutional. Democratic Rep. Jewell Jones, threw in a ridiculous question, seeping with victimhood. He asked, “What about the young black and brown men, men like me, who are killed every day?”

*Initiate eyeroll*

He does realize that criminals have access to guns, regardless of the law. Right?

Rep. Jim Runestad, R-White Lake, said he found that comment ironic because historically gun laws were established to keep black and brown people from owning guns. And he was among a handful of supporters who made the argument that Michiganders can already open carry guns with no training or permit.

“The legislation would repeal these unnecessary criminal penalties for putting on a coat over a gun,” Runestad said.

Rep. Robert Wittenberg, D-Oak Park, countered that line of reasoning from supporters of the bill.

“Do you go to the beach naked? If you go to the beach and don’t have 1 millimeter of clothing on you, you’re committing a criminal act,” Wittenberg said.

 

The bill will need to pass through Michigan Senate AND be signed by Gov. Rick Snyder in order to become law.

What do you think? Should constitutional carry be the law in every state?

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