As the battle for gun rights continues Michigan residents are “voting with their guns” by seeking out concealed pistol licenses at an increasing pace.
As of this month, 360,755 Michigan residents have an active Concealed Pistol License, according to the February 2013 Michigan State Police monthly report.
This shows a one-year increase of 59,969 new CPL holders from the February 2012 total of 300,789 permit holders. (The February 2012 figures come from an archived news article at Ammoland.com as the February 2012 Michigan State Police report is no longer available at the MSP website).
The Michigan State Police report is broken down by county and also includes information on the total number of permits denied, revoked, or suspended since the Michigan “Shall Issue” CCW law passed in 2001. Since the law passed in 2001 3,426 permits have been revoked and 6,390 permits have been suspended.
The number of permit holders is in sharp contrast to the relatively few people privileged to have a concealed pistol license before Michigan law changed from “May Issue” to “Shall Issue” in 2001. By comparison, the Michigan State Police CPL Annual report for 2001 to 2002 showed just 53,000 permits issued, statewide, in the first year of the “Shall Issue” law.
The number of Michigan residents willing to spend up to $150 on state-mandated training, as well at the $105 permit fee, is another indication the general public’s true feelings about the importance of gun rights and self-defense.