MI: Constitutional Carry Introduced for 2016

By Dean Weingarten

Michigan Capitol Building
Michigan Capitol Building


Dean Weingarten
Dean Weingarten

Arizona – -(Ammoland.com)-  A virtual restoration of Constitutional carry was introduced to the Michigan legislature in 2015, but to my knowledge, it did not move.  This may have been because a scandal involving an extramarital affair involving the sponsor, Cindy Gamrat.

Int 2016, Constitutional carry bills were introduced in the House, numbered 5301 to 5304.  From upnorthlive.com:

“These bills simply place into law the Second Amendment rights of Michigan residents to bear arms without asking the government’s permission to do so,” Rep. Barrett said, sponsor of HB 5302. “The current concealed weapons permit amounts to nothing more than a state tax on a freedom guaranteed in the U.S. Constitution.”

Rep. Cole, who wrote HB 5304, said the current permit requirement in Michigan is a government over-reach that places a burden on residents who want to defend themselves against criminals.

We have little history to go by.  Michigan has been making steady, incremental gains in restoring Second Amendment rights, which had been severely degraded during the “progressive” era of the last 100 years.  Initially, the laws were used to ensure that black people were disarmed; there are still remnants of that policy today in urban centers like Detroit.

Here are links to the pdf files for this series of bills: 5301(pdf)5302(pdf)5303(pdf)5304(pdf).

Tom Lambert, a Michigan gun owner and Second Amendment activist, is quoted as supportive of the bills.  From 248shooter.com:

 “I think they are very well done. They are clean and they are focused. Rather than trying to do everything at once, they focus in on a specific issue and address it in the way it should be addressed. For example: rather than just deleting 750.227 (2), they change it to apply only to those prohibited from possessing a firearm. That is how this statute should work. Law-abiding citizens are not the problem, it’s the criminals.”

Michigan Second Amendment supporters are well organized, active, and politically savvy.  They have been able to pass several roll backs of “progressive” era infringements on Second Amendment rights in Michigan in the last few years.

The governor, Rich Snyder, is not an enthusiastic supporter of Second Amendment rights, but with enough pressure, he has shown that he can see the light.

Constitutional carry is definitely taking ground and advancing in many states.  In a dozen years, the number of states with constitutional carry has increased from 1(Vermont) to 7;  Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Kansas, Maine, Vermont and Wyoming are clear.  West Virginia and Idaho are likely candidates to add to the list this year.

In addition to Michigan, legislation is also being considered in Indiana, Colorado, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, Montana, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and West Virginia.  Mississippi enacted a law last year that is very close to Constitutional carry.  Constitutional carry is the law in 99% of Montana and Idaho.

15 years ago, Constitutional carry was a dream for most Second Amendment supporters.  Many derided it as unobtainable.  It has been restored in 7 states, and is being debated in 15 others, some of which have passed bills with veto proof majorities in previous years.
c2016 by Dean Weingarten: Permission to share is granted when this notice is included. Link to Gun Watch

About Dean Weingarten;

Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of constitutional carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and recently retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.

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Kim Shimkus

It is a infringement on the 2nd Amendment to attach a fee to something that’s a freedom it is also imbesalment of funds from the American people’s


Having to pay $250.00+ (training and license fees) for a constitutional right is criminal. I passed the background check in order to purchase a firearm. And yes its legal to open carry in Michigan but I’d rather people not know I’m armed.

Dan Hillman

Open carry, while legal, is a massive burden. Not only that, cops in many areas will have a coronary if they see you carrying a gun. The laws governing transport are a real pain in Michigan. I’d be happy is they would just overhaul the transport laws. A case is one thing but having to have an unloaded firearm with the ammunition in a separate compartment makes it kinda tough to use your gun IF you ever need it.


I’m a legal gun owner. I have legally purchased several guns since I landed my career almost 2 yrs ago. Before it was always never having The money to start a gun collection. I’m all for constitutional carry as with my career as a truck driver I’m gone 4-5 wks at a time and only a wk off a month so getting around to finding a conceal carry class thts going on during my time home is very difficult which keeps stopping me from carrying. I would love to start conceal carrying and not have to stress on timing a… Read more »

Donnell McMurtry

Me too great term and very relevant.

Mike Hogue

I agree and wish I knew how to get more involved so we could organize to push these bills through.

Rodney chapman

The supreme court already said we have the RIGHT TO DEFEND OURSELVES with the heller vs dc so why are states allowed to TAX us to exercise a BASIC HUMAN RIGHT. It basically costs on average $300ish to get a ccw permit then to keep it an additional $105 every 5years, im not rich so should I not be able to defend myself because I cant afford the states tax, and lets be honest that is all it is a TAX !

Larry Morse

I agree 100 % all it is is OUR CORRUPTED GOVERNMENT .


I don’t see the point of a CCW permit. Hey, If I pass the background check to buy and own a firearm what more is there? It is simply more governmental control over the people… Can anyone tell me what other checks are involved with the CCW vs FBI background check to purchase??? It’s a tax and control measure and nothing more..