Press Release

ARS Denounces Michigan House Vote To Eliminate Requirements That Keep Guns Out of Dangerous Hands

June 7, 2017Americans for Responsible Solutions, the gun violence prevention organization founded by former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and Navy combat veteran and NASA astronaut Captain Mark Kelly, issued the below statement today on the Michigan House passage of House Bill 4416, a dangerous new proposal that would allow any eligible person to purchase a firearm and carry concealed handguns in public without a permit.

Nico Bocour, State Legislative Manager, Americans for Responsible Solutions:

“By passing this reckless bill, the Michigan House is sacrificing the safety of Michigan families in order to further the gun lobby’s dangerous agenda. The bill they just passed will make it easier for dangerous people to carry loaded, concealed firearms in public places – like movie theaters, parks and shopping malls – without a permit while making it harder for police to keep our communities safe. We urge the Michigan Senate to defeat this dangerous permitless carry bill.”

David Chipman, Senior Policy Advisory, Americans for Responsible Solutions and a retired ATF special agent.

“As a former law enforcement officer in the state of Michigan, I believe this bill will have a disastrous impact on public safety and make it harder for law enforcement to identify prohibited individuals, like felons and domestic abusers, who are illegally carrying loaded, hidden guns in public. Most alarmingly, this bill guts critical training requirements for individuals who are carrying concealed firearms. A concealed carry permit that does not contain any firearms training is reckless and irresponsible. If the Senate is serious about keeping Michigan’s families safe, they will reject this extreme bill.”

About Permitless Carry In Michigan

  • Currently, Michigan generally prohibits any person from carrying a handgun concealed in public without a concealed handgun licence.
  • Michigan is a “shall” issue state, meaning that licensing authorities must issue a concealed handgun license if the applicant meets certain qualifications, including:
    • The individual is at least 21 years of age;
    • The individual has completed a handgun safety training course certified by the state of Michigan or a national or state firearms training organization.
  • If enacted, House Bill 4416 would provide that a person “who is prohibited by state or federal law from possessing a firearm” cannot carry a concealed pistol on their person, or a pistol concealed or openly in a vehicle. This would essentially make it lawful for any eligible person to purchase a firearm and carry concealed handguns in public without a permit.

About Michigan’s Gun Laws

Michigan has a mixed record on gun violence prevention, regularly scoring mediocre marks in the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence’s annual Gun Law State Scorecard. Michigan does not require firearms dealers to obtain a state license or allow law enforcement the discretion to deny a concealed handgun license. Michigan also does not impose licensing or background check requirements on long gun purchasers.

Learn more about gun laws in Michigan here.