The Constitutional Carry Tide Marches On

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In Texas, Constitutional Carry is heading to Governor Abbott’s desk in another win for firearms rights in the United States.

There is a sharp divide between the factions, States that are even moderately firearm friendly keep sliding further and further down the “slippery slope” of doing something so radical as… trusting their own citizens to act in a responsible manner without a bunch of arbitrary extra limitations complicating things legally.

Others continue to increase restrictions in ever more hysterical fits of ineffective ridiculousness and some are finally reaping those just desserts in court as the regulations make it high enough in challenge that the courts have no more buck passing to do. We could see the fall of ‘may-issue’ carry permits by the end of the year.

Michigan is also looking at Constitutional Carry Structure.


State Rep. Steve Johnson has introduced HB 4863, legislation headlining a package of bills to implement Constitutional Carry in Michigan. MCRGO supports the legislation.

Article 1, Section 6 of the Michigan Constitution is very clear that no special permits or governmental oversight is required to carry a firearm. Rep. Johnson’s bill would repeal the requirement to obtain a license to carry a concealed pistol for individuals who are not otherwise prohibited from possessing a pistol.

“A person could still obtain a CPL for interstate reciprocity,” said Johnson (R-Wayland).

“Individuals already can carry a pistol openly if they are over 18, but risk a felony simply by putting on a jacket or untucking their shirt. This “coat tax” should be repealed.”

The bill would allow individuals who legally own a pistol to legally carry in places where either open carry or concealed pistol license holders are currently allowed. This legislation would also remove the “duty to inform” clause, which provides penalties if an individual fails to notify law enforcement that they are in possession of a licensed concealed weapon. If the legislation is adopted, Michigan would join a growing list of states that have passed laws protecting Constitutional Carry.

“Today more than ever, it is vital that Michigan residents are able to protect themselves and their families,” said Johnson. “I am proud to be a part of legislative efforts alongside grassroots groups across the state who are working to preserve our Second Amendment rights here in Michigan.”

Keith Finch
Keith is the former Editor-in-Chief of GAT Marketing Agency, Inc. He got told there was a mountain of other things that needed doing, so he does those now and writes here when he can. A USMC Infantry Veteran and Small Arms and Artillery Technician, Keith covers the evolving training and technology from across the shooting industry. Teaching since 2009, he covers local concealed carry courses, intermediate and advanced rifle courses, handgun, red dot handgun, bullpups, AKs, and home defense courses for civilians, military client requests, and law enforcement client requests.