Michigan Rep Introduces Constitutional Carry Package of Bills

But with a Democrat Governor, can it really succeed? These reps think so.

Published Saturday, April 6, 2019 7:00 pm

Due in part to concerns about animal attacks, Rep. Greg Markkanen of Hancock, Michigan has introduced HB 4028, a Constitutional Carry bill intended to allow only lawful gun owners to carry concealed without a license. It's accompanied by three other bills designed to reform concealed carry laws throughout the state.

See our current Constitutional Carry Map.

The bill is part of a package of four gun bills:

  • HB 4026 - Allows concealed carry permit holders to carry firearms into previously gun-free zones. Introduced by Rep. Beau LaFave (R). Co-sponsored by Rep. Greg Markkanen.
    "To repeal the requirement to get a government permit to carry a concealed pistol for individuals who are not otherwise prohibited from possessing a pistol. A person could still get a concealed pistol permit, which would exempt him or her from the ban on carrying a pistol in certain “gun free zones” (schools, day care facilities, sports stadiums or arenas, bars, bar/restaurants, places of worship, college dorms and classrooms, hospitals, casinos, large entertainment facilities and courts). Those without a carry license would still be banned from carrying in these zones. See also House Bill 4029."

  • HB 4027 - Modifies penalties for violations of gun laws. Introduced by Rep. Pamela Hornberger (R). Co-sponsored by Rep. Greg Markkanen.
    "To revise sentencing guidelines to conform with the proposal in House Bills 4026 and 4029 to repeal the requirement to get a government permit to carry a concealed pistol."

  • HB 4028 - Institutes Constitutional Carry in any area where wild animals are present. Introduced by Rep. Greg Markkanen. Co-sponsored by Rep. Beau LaFave.
    "To update references in the state natural resources and environmental protection act to accommodate the proposal in House Bills 4026 and 4029 to repeal the requirement to get a government permit to carry a concealed pistol."

  • HB 4029 - Institutes Constitutional Carry. Introduced by Rep. Steven Johnson (R). Co-sponsored by Reps Beau LaFave and Michele Hoitenga.
    "To repeal the requirement to get a government permit to carry a concealed pistol for individuals who are not otherwise prohibited from possessing a pistol. A person could still get a concealed pistol permit, which would exempt him or her from the ban on carrying a pistol in certain “gun free zones” (schools, day care facilities, sports stadiums or arenas, bars, bar/restaurants, places of worship, college dorms and classrooms, hospitals, casinos, large entertainment facilities and courts). Those without a carry license would still be banned from carrying in these zones. See also House Bill 4026."

Rep Markkanen commented about the bills, saying,

“We’re going after constitutional carry to allow law-abiding citizens who aren’t felons, who don’t have a criminal record, to be able to carry a sidearm."