The Crusader Journal

The Michigan Capitol building in Lansing The Michigan Capitol building is pictured in Lansing, Michigan, U.S. on December 19, 2016. Picture taken on December 19, 2016. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – Legislation to allow Michigan gun owners to carry a concealed handgun without a permit was approved in the state House of Representatives on Wednesday, in a move that follows the lead of a dozen other states.

The package of four bills, which cleared the Republican-controlled House with support from a handful of Democrats, now moves to the Senate, also dominated by Republicans.

It was not immediately clear whether Michigan’s Republican Governor Rick Snyder supports the bill. But the measure, if also approved in a Senate vote, could automatically become law 14 days after reaching the governor’s desk unless he vetoes it.

The legislation would lift a requirement that handgun owners obtain a concealed pistol license with a $100 fee to legally carry the…

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