The effort in Lansing to ease restrictions on carrying concealed weapons would mark a major change in state gun laws and be the latest in a string of victories for gun-rights advocates in Michigan in recent years.
Last week, the Michigan House approved a series of controversial bills that would allow lawful gun owners to carry concealed weapons without a permit or state-mandated training.
Since 2001, the state has:
- Expanded access to concealed weapon permits
- Passed a law allowing Michigan gun owners to "stand your ground"
- Streamlined pistol purchases by allowing gun dealers to use instant computer background checks
- Eliminated county gun boards, which had decided who received a carry permit
- Barred local governments from passing gun ordinances
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