Bill protecting concealed pistol license holders gains committee approval

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first_img19Sep Bill protecting concealed pistol license holders gains committee approval Categories: Runestad News Rep. Runestad: People who forget to renew CPL do not deserve felony chargeThe House Judiciary Committee chaired by state Rep. Jim Runestad today advanced legislation protecting concealed pistol license holders from facing excessive and unreasonable punishment simply for forgetting to renew their licenses before the expiration date.CPL holders currently face the possibility of a five-year felony if they are found in possession of a concealed pistol even one day after their license expires. Individuals who carry a concealed pistol without ever obtaining a CPL face this same penalty.“A felony charge is much too harsh of a penalty for someone who has every intention of following the law, but makes one simple oversight,” said Runestad, of White Lake. “We must make sure the punishment matches the crime.”House Bill 4458 creates a six-month grace period after the license expires where people who remain eligible for a CPL would be subject to a civil infraction with a $330 fine. The fine could be waived if the individual receives a renewal license within 60 days of the violation. The bill moves to the full House for consideration.Runestad co-chairs the House’s Second Amendment Caucus, a bipartisan group of legislators committed to defending and advancing the right to bear arms.“This is a great example of the type of legislation the Second Amendment Caucus was formed to help advance,” Runestad said. “People are being unfairly punished for exercising a fundamental right, and that must stop.”###last_img

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