A group of Michigan Republicans is sick and tired of having to go through training on how to handle a weapon and all that damned paperwork that it takes to get a concealed pistol license. One of the sponsors, Triston Cole, calls the permitting process “government overreach”.
That’s why he signed on to co-sponsor House Bill 5303. It changes the current law by striking out the language requiring a concealed pistol license:
(2) This act or a rule promulgated or order issued by the department or the commission under this act shall not be construed to prohibit an individual from transporting a pistol or carrying a loaded pistol, whether concealed or not.
, if either of the following applies:
(a) The individual has in his or her possession a license to carry a concealed pistol under 1927 PA 372, MCL 28.421 to 28.435.
(b) The individual is authorized under the circumstances to carry a concealed pistol without obtaining a license to carry a concealed pistol under 1927 PA 372, MCL 28.421 to 28.435, as provided for under any of the following:
(i) Section 12a of 1927 PA 372, MCL 28.432a.
(ii) Section 227, 227a, 231, or 231a of the Michigan penal code, 1931 PA 328, MCL 750.227, 750.227a, 750.231, and 750.231a.
Just like that, all the training requirements for getting a concealed pistol license go away and anybody can carry a concealed pistol. Rep. Cole’s not worried about the whole “getting trained” thing. He’s got a theory: by not requiring the gun safety training, more people will get the gun safety training:
“In fact I see a renewed push towards those and more people taking the safety classes,” says Cole who represents Michigan’s 105th District. “Because as more people are able to carry, they’re very concerned about staying up to date on laws, pistol free zones, and what it means, the responsibility carrying a handgun or a firearm.”
Using that logic, you might also say that eliminating the requirement to get a drivers license would mean more people would take drivers education classes. I’m surprised the rest of us didn’t figure it out.
When I see things like this, I’m left to wonder if the people that voted Cole and his pals into office knew what sort of intellectually “creative” people they elected.
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