That is exactly correct. Michigan law assumes open carry. OC is legal because there is no law saying that it is illegal. CC, on the other hand, faces several limitations. The fact that someone with a CPL can OC in a pistol free zone, but not CC, is exactly why we are working to establish OC/CC parity. Let's face it, there have been exactly ZERO instances in Michigan pistol free zones involving a CPL holder that was exercising their right to OC. Why in the world would that change just because the method of carry changes?! So now we have SB 59 being debated in the state senate. If you want to OC in a pistol free zone and possess a CPL, SB 59 will require you to take another 9 hours of class, expend another 2 boxes of ammo (it increases the number of rounds required to obtain a CPL in the first place from 30 to nearly 100), and then submit a WRITTEN REQUEST for an exception. As I have been arguing for quite a while now, this is a blatant violation of the Equal Protection clause of the US Constitution, and places an undue burden on firearms owners based solely on the method of carry. If it is legal to OC in a pistol free zone when in possession of a CPL without any additional requirements, then there is no logical reason why someone wishing to exercise their right to CC should be subject to additional requirements.
Originally Posted by Jason1221
We need everyone to contact their Senators in Lansing to support OC/CC parity. And then, if we can get that passed in the state senate, it will be time to bring down all the pressure we can on the state house, especially on Speaker Jase Bolger, who has already warned our representatives that he expects them to drag their feet on passage of this legislation. He claims that our right to carry is too "emotional" to fast-track - as if our right to carry is based on the emotions of the anti-Second Amendment gang instead of the Constitution he and other legislators swore to uphold and protect.
"...I advise the gun. While this gives a moderate exercise to the body, it gives boldness, enterprize, and independance to the mind... Let your gun therefore be the constant companion of your walks," Thomas Jefferson