Relaxing Michigan gun restrictions is part of a national trend

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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