Schmidt bill creates provisional concealed pistol license for 18- to 20-year-old Michiganders

LANSING, Mich. — Michiganders aged 18-20 would be allowed to obtain a new provisional Concealed Pistol License in the state under legislation introduced on Thursday by Sen. Wayne Schmidt.

The provisional license would carry with it the same requirements needed to obtain it as the existing CPL law for those 21 and older, including necessary background checks and gun-free zone restrictions.

The provisional status of the proposed law would ensure that Michigan’s CPL reciprocity with most other states would be maintained.

“It makes sense to me that, if an 18-year-old adult from Michigan can serve in the military, the same person should be able to take the necessary steps to be a Concealed Pistol License holder as well,” said Schmidt, R-Traverse City.

Senate Bill 366 is modeled after a similar West Virginia law. That state is one of eight other states Michigan would join with a provisional CPL law.

Schmidt’s bill received the endorsement of the National Rifle Association (NRA).

“The provisional permit introduced today by Senator Schmidt is a great advancement in personal protection for the young men and women of Michigan,” said NRA State Liaison Arthur Thomm. “This measure will enable these Michiganders to defend themselves should the situation present itself. The NRA applauds Senator Schmidt on his efforts and encourages the Michigan Legislature to support SB 366.”

SB 366 has been referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee for consideration.