In January 2016, voters in several “blue wall” states shocked the nation by putting Donald Trump over the top in the presidential election. One of those states was, surprisingly, Michigan.
In November 2016, musician Ted Nugent predicted that Michigan would return to its once more conservative roots and his prediction appears to have been correct. And now a Michigan House committee has taken another step in that direction.
Michigan is poised to become the 13th state to do away with concealed carry laws and simply recognize its citizens’ right to carry, period, as provided for in the Second Amendment.
According to Breitbart, Following twelve other states (Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, Kansas, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Vermont, Wyoming, and West Virginia), a Michigan House committee has passed on legislation introduced by State Rep. Michele Hoitenga:
“State Rep. Michele Hoitenga (R-Manton) believes the permitting process is a burdensome requirement for law-abiding citizens. Moreover, she says she “sees too many law-abiding citizens getting in trouble by not having their license.” In other words, law-abiding citizens are getting in trouble for exercising their God-given Second Amendment rights without first asking the state’s permission.
Hoitenga pointed out that open carry without a permit is already legal in Michigan, but citizens who legally open carry without a permit become criminals if they put on a jacket or sweatshirt that covers the gun.
Michigan Open Carry’s Tom Lambert echoed Hoitenga’s point and explained that the legislation heading to the full House simply makes open carry and concealed carry laws congruent. Pursuit of such congruence was a driving force for the abolition of concealed carry permit requirement in New Hampshire and North Dakota earlier this year.
As with other states that have abolished a concealed carry permitting requirement, Michigan would retain the permitting process for those wishing to acquire license for reciprocity with other states.”
In the past, liberal politicians have taken every conceivable action they could dream up to end run around the Second Amendment to curtail those rights provided for every American. The thought process seems to be, if we can’t deny them their right to own firearms let’s just make it so onerous, expensive and cumbersome to obtain a permit that they just give up.
CLEARLY the liberal, gun-hating left has no understanding of most Americans. Despite their best efforts and the non-stop propaganda from the liberal media, concealed carry permits ballooned an astonishing 215 percent under President Obama. In fact, 2016 set a record for gun sales, which was higher than record setting 2015.
The actions being taken by the House in Michigan are simply a reflection of the desires of the American people. Hopefully that the other states of the Union follow suit and Congress will shortly take action on a Concealed Carry Reciprocity Law introduced in 2015. It just makes sense in today’s dangerous world to afford all Americans the opportunity for the best protection possible.
[Note: This article was written by Ashley Edwardson]