concealed carry law http://michiganradio.org en Bill allowing concealed weapons in schools approved by House committee http://michiganradio.org/post/bill-allowing-concealed-weapons-schools-approved-house-committee <p>A bill approved by a House committee Wednesday would allow gun owners with concealed weapons to carry those weapons in schools and other formerly “gun-free” zones.</p><p>David Eggert from MLive<a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/index.ssf/2012/12/michigan_gun_owners_with_extra.html#incart_river_default"> has more</a>:</p> Wed, 12 Dec 2012 22:13:39 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 10344 at http://michiganradio.org Bill allowing concealed weapons in schools approved by House committee State House bill would eliminate background check for concealed pistol permits http://michiganradio.org/post/state-house-bill-would-eliminate-background-check-concealed-pistol-permits <p>The state House is considering a bill that would remove a state background check requirement for concealed pistol permits.</p><p>Supporters say a federal background check is sufficient.</p><p>That worries a number of Michigan mayors and law enforcement agencies.</p><p>Mark Glaze is director of Mayors Against Illegal Guns.</p><p>He said Michigan's gun permit procedure should not be changed.</p><p>“The state has access to many more federal criminal records and other information that are prohibiting factors for owning a gun, so if you take away the state system, you actually take away a significant amount of information about some people who aren't entitled to have a gun,” said Glaze.</p><p>Glaze said that includes people who have felony records, are domestic abusers or who are seriously mentally ill.</p><p>The bill would put county sheriffs in control of the permit process, rather than county boards.</p><p> Mon, 03 Dec 2012 19:13:05 +0000 Rina Miller 10181 at http://michiganradio.org State House bill would eliminate background check for concealed pistol permits Organizers hope to make Michigan fifth "Constitutional Carry" state http://michiganradio.org/post/organizers-hope-make-michigan-fifth-constitutional-carry-state <p><span style="font-size: small;">The Citizens League for Self-Defense plans to hold a &quot;Constitutional Carry&quot; rally in Lansing on May 19. </span></p><p><span style="font-size: small;">Their goal is to strip the laws in Michigan that limit a person&#39;s ability to carry a concealed handgun.</span></p><p><span style="font-size: small;">They&#39;re also organizing a petition drive.</span></p><p><span style="font-size: small;">The rally comes</span> as <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/it-time-allow-guns-michigan-churches-bars-stadiums">Michigan lawmakers debate legislation</a> that would allow permit holders to carry concealed handguns in places where concealed guns are currently <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/msp/0,1607,7-123-1591_3503_4654-10947--,00.html">off-limits under the law</a>, such as sports stadiums, churches, and schools, so long as they get extra training.</p><p><span style="font-size: small;"><a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/index.ssf/2012/05/post_13.html">MLive&#39;s John Barnes</a> reports, &quot;o</span>rganizers of the rally would like to take that a step further&quot;:</p><blockquote><p><span style="font-size: small;">&nbsp;</span>&ldquo;We feel that the political climate is getting right for being able to recognize constitutional carry in Michigan,&rdquo; said John Roshek, president of the Citizens League for Self Defense.</p><p>&ldquo;The goal of the rally is to get Michigan to be the fifth constitutional carry state in the country.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>Currently Alaska, Arizona, Vermont, and Wyoming allow the carrying of concealed firearms without restrictions.</p><p>The <span style="font-size: small;"><a href="http://www.citizensleaguesd.com/p/constitutional-carry-rally.html">Citizens League for Self-Defense</a> says the constitution is clear:</span></p><blockquote><p><span style="font-size: small;">The 2nd Amendment is clear, the right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. </span><span style="font-size: small;">It does not state &quot;Unless you have a license or permission&quot;. Until our 2A rights are restored nationwide we support CPL&#39;s for the purpose of reciprocity with other states, but they should not be a requirement to carry a concealed pistol.</span></p></blockquote><p><span style="font-size: small;">The amendment states:</span></p><p><span style="font-size: small;">&quot;</span><font size="+1">A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.&quot;</font></p><p>And here&#39;s how that amendment has been interpreted over time from <a href="http://caselaw.lp.findlaw.com/data/constitution/amendment02/">FindLaw.com</a>.</p><p><em>*Correction - an earlier post was titled &quot;Organizers hope to make Michigan sixth &#39;Constitutional Carry&#39; state.&quot; We changed it to &quot;fifth&quot; to reflect states that have no restrictions. Depending on how you count, some count Montana in the group. We also clarified language pertaining to &quot;gun free zones&quot; in Michigan.</em> Tue, 01 May 2012 16:10:33 +0000 Mark Brush 7265 at http://michiganradio.org Organizers hope to make Michigan fifth "Constitutional Carry" state Changes coming to Michigan's concealed handgun law? http://michiganradio.org/post/changes-coming-michigans-concealed-handgun-law <p>John Barnes at <a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/index.ssf/2012/03/sweeping_changes_proposed_for.html">MLive.com</a> reports today on potential new changes coming for Michigan&#39;s concealed handgun law.</p><p>The details of the proposal are expected to be taken up tomorrow morning in the Michigan Senate&#39;s Natural Resources, Environment and Great Lakes Committee.</p><p>The changes could allow license holders who receive extra training to carry handguns in places currently off-limits under the law, such as sports stadiums, churches, and schools.</p><p>Barnes writes that the proposed measure hopes to increase the accuracy of reports on permit holders who violate the law:</p><blockquote><p>Additional measures in the bill are aimed at ensuring mandatory annual reports on permit holders who run afoul of the law are more accurate.</p><p>The MLive investigation last summer found <a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/index.ssf/2011/06/no_penalty_no_problem_counties.html">many prosecutors and clerks</a> refused to do them. Those that did <a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/index.ssf/2011/06/ready_aim_misfire_analysis_fin.html">frequently made mistakes</a>, under-reporting convictions and revocations for gun- and non-gun crimes. Wed, 21 Mar 2012 17:49:45 +0000 Mark Brush 6727 at http://michiganradio.org Changes coming to Michigan's concealed handgun law? Is it time to allow guns in Michigan churches? Bars? Stadiums? http://michiganradio.org/post/it-time-allow-guns-michigan-churches-bars-stadiums <p>A Michigan state senator wants to allow people with <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/msp/0,1607,7-123-1591_3503_4654-10926--,00.html">concealed carry permits</a> to take their weapons into churches, bars and other <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/msp/0,1607,7-123-1591_3503_4654-10947--,00.html">‘gun-free zones’</a>.</p><p>A decade ago state lawmakers banned gun owners from taking their weapons into certain public places out of fear of gunplay.&nbsp;But State Senator Mike Green of <a href="http://www.senate.michigan.gov/gop/senators/Green.asp?District=31">Mayville </a> says experience has shown those fears were unwarranted, since he believes people have been carrying in ‘gun-free zones’ already without incident.&nbsp;</p><blockquote><p>It was an obstacle ten years ago because people feared, a good, honest, law-abiding citizen would use it in a way that would hurt or harm other people.&nbsp; But the fact is, in 11 years there’s not been hardly anything that happened like that.&nbsp;</p></blockquote><p>Green’s legislation would also put the Secretary of State’s office in charge of processing concealed carry permit applications.&nbsp;He says <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/msp/0,1607,7-123-1586_27094-10953--,00.html">local gun boards</a> are not completing background checks on the applicants fast enough. Tue, 25 Jan 2011 22:18:53 +0000 Steve Carmody 1008 at http://michiganradio.org Is it time to allow guns in Michigan churches? Bars? Stadiums?