LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Patrick Colbeck, R-Canton, supported passage of Senate Bill 366 in the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, which would create a provisional Concealed Pistol License (CPL) for 18-20-year-olds who already meet all of the requirements to possess a firearm, but that are under the age of 21 so would not currently be able to carry a concealed pistol.
“As a strong supporter for people being able to defend themselves, this bill will allow legal aged adults in Michigan the full ability to exercise their right to carry a concealed pistol as many other states currently allow,” Sen. Colbeck said. “It’s important that the Senate passes this legislation that ensures adults who are of legal age to vote, serve in our nations armed forces, and own a gun can also enjoy the protection that comes with being able to carry a concealed pistol.”
The legislation is the result of current Michigan law, where Michigan has reciprocity agreements with several other states that allow concealed carry of firearms but do so at different ages. As an example, Michigan currently requires that a person be 21 years old to obtain a CPL, but West Virginia, a state with which Michigan has a reciprocity agreement, allows 18-year-olds to obtain a CPL. The legislation would create an equal standard among the states that Michigan has reciprocity agreements with.
“Young women in particular need to be able to carry concealed to better defend themselves should the unthinkable happen,” Sen. Colbeck said. “It makes no sense that a 125 pound, 20-year-old woman, for example, may be able to purchase and own a firearm if she is being stalked and feels threatened, yet would be forced to choose between ‘open carry’ or ‘no carry’ under today’s laws. We need to be able to fix that.”
SB 366 now heads to the full Senate for consideration.