Schuitmaker resolution calls for nationwide concealed carry reciprocity

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker on Thursday introduced a resolution urging Congress to approve a measure that would require other states to recognize one another’s concealed carry licenses.

U.S. House Resolution 38, which was introduced in early 2017, would allow a qualified individual to carry a concealed handgun into or possess a concealed handgun in another state that allows individuals to carry concealed firearms.

Schuitmaker’s resolution urges the federal government to approve HR 38, which was referred to the U.S. House Committee on the Judiciary and subsequently to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations.

“The right to defend one’s self should not be forfeited upon crossing state lines,” said Schuitmaker, R-Lawton. “Relying on a varying patchwork of laws that vary by state is not an efficient system, but is unfortunately one that we currently rely on. It is time Congress approved a measure outlining how states will accept one another’s permits.”

Senate Resolution 109 was referred to the Michigan Senate Committee on Government Operations for further consideration.