State Rep. John Reilly, of Oakland Township, today announced he has sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof imploring him to work with his colleagues to pass legislation to restore and expand the rights of law-abiding citizens to be armed and protected.
The four-bill legislative package passed by the House earlier this month would allow law-abiding citizens to carry concealed pistols without a permit in Michigan.
“The recent events near Washington illustrate just how important it is to give legal gun owners back the right to carry a firearm without a government-issued permit,” Reilly said. “The concealed pistol licensing requirement does not prevent crime; it only places unfair restrictions on law-abiding citizens. Our communities will be safer once lawful men and women have more freedom to carry a concealed firearm to defend themselves against criminals if necessary.”
The letter, signed by Reilly and 14 other Michigan House legislators, addresses the June 14 attack in Virginia in which U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise, former staffer Matt Mika, staffer Zachary Barth, Special Agent Crystal Griner and Special Agent David Bailey were shot during a morning baseball practice.
“We abhor the idea of politicizing a tragedy. But this incident itself was a political act, and one that bears on us directly as lawmakers,” the letter reads. “It was an attempted mass assassination of Republican elected representatives. It was an attack on innocent people. It was an attack on our party. It was an attack on the Congress of the United States. It was an attack on our nation and its lawful governance. And it was only thwarted because one representative with armed security happened to be there.”
House Bills 4416-19, approved by the House on June 7, were referred to the Senate Government Operations Committee.