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Senate panel approves Schmidt bill to create provisional concealed pistol license for 18- to 20-year-olds

Sen. Wayne Schmidt

Sen. Wayne Schmidt

LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday passed legislation sponsored by Sen. Wayne Schmidt that would allow residents aged 18-20 to obtain a new provisional Concealed Pistol License in the state.

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.

“This is a responsible bill that will require 18- to 20-year-olds to abide by the current training and background requirements for obtaining a Concealed Pistol License,” said Schmidt, R-Traverse City. “It will make sure younger people are ready to conceal carry, as they are currently allowed by law to possess and open carry a fire arm.”

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

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.

SB 366 now heads to the full Senate for further consideration.