Michigan concealed carry has gained acceptance by the state's residents as a whole.
As the Detroit News recently reported, “Of 401,000 active concealed pistol licenses in Michigan, more than half – 202,353 – were issued in the past five years, nearly 20,000 in 2008 alone, according to Michigan State Police data.”
“There's a ton of interest, and it just seems to keep growing,” said Steve Dulan, an attorney and a college professor who serves on the Michigan Coalition for Responsible Gun Owners' board of directors.
Why the surge in Michigan concealed carry? Many theories have been offered, including fear of crime and fear of increasing gun control.
Additionally, “A 2001 state law made it easier for residents to get a CPL as long as there was no history of felonies or mental illness. Before that, most county gun boards required people to prove they needed to carry a handgun.”
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“The other thing is there's been a culture shift,” Dulan told the Detroit News. “After 10 years, there's been an acceptance by the culture in Michigan. Most people in Michigan now think people who [legally] carry guns are ‘the good guys.' It's not something weird. It's not something to be ashamed of, and it doesn't mean you're a criminal, if you carry a gun.”
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