Bills introduced in House could limit open carry

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House Bill No. 6546, if passed, could limit the ability to open carry some firearms, such as rifles and shotguns.

House Bill No. 6546, if passed, could limit the ability to open carry some firearms, such as rifles and shotguns.

Eric Young/Huron Daily Tribune

A bill introduced in the Michigan House of Representatives Dec. 1 could limit the ability to open carry some firearms.

House Bill No. 6546, which was introduced by District 15 Democratic Rep. Jeffrey Pepper, would amend 1927 Public Act 372, which regulates the "selling, purchasing, possessing, and carrying of certain firearms," among other things.

Pepper's amendment would prohibit people from being able to openly carry a rifle or shotgun in Michigan, with the exception of some conditions. 

Situations when the amendment wouldn't apply:

  • An individual engaged in target practice at a recognized target range.
  • A peace officer carrying a firearm during the performance of the peace officer's duties.
  • An individual who is on property owned by that individual.
  • A member of the United States Armed Forces while carrying the firearm in the line of duty.
  • An individual who is hunting.
  • An individual carrying a firearm on the premises of either of the following, a gun show or a federally licensed firearms dealer.

The amendment also assigns penalties if it is violated, with the first offense being a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment of not more than one year, or a fine of not more than $1,000, or both. The second offense would be a felony punishable by up to five years in prison.

After the bill was introduced and read, it was referred to the Committee on Military, Veterans and Homeland Security, which is chaired by District 108 Republican Rep. Beau LaFave. The committee is comprised of five Republicans and five Democrats.

It is unclear when the bill will return from committee, or what the committee recommendations will be.