Here is my email to them:
Dear Ladies and Gentlemen -
It has come to my attention that 2 bills will be coming up for discussion and/or vote tomorrow morning. The bills are HB5302 and HB5303. I am sending this email for support of these measures and to express my views as a citizen of the Great State of Michigan.
I fully support HB5302 and believe that this is good legislation. I have recently obtained a Concealed Pistol License (CPL), but am prevented from carrying in my vehicle as my employer forbids possession of firearms within my private vehicle in their parking lots/structures, with possession entailing immediate termination of employment. What this effectively means is that I am not able to provide for my self-defense while traveling between Home in Royal Oak and Work in Downtown Detroit or Pontiac. I believe that this is an unnecessary infringement upon my rights as a private citizen, within my private property of my vehicle, and creates a "unique" Pistol-Free Zone (PFZ). I am conflicted by this as my CPL grants the ability to carry within my vehicle, but my employer usurps this ability with their code of conduct statements. To date, I have elected to not carry but I am concerned that this decision may impact myself and family in a very negative way at some point in the future.
While I support the changes outlined in HB5303 in principle, I believe that there are still changes needed to this law that will avoid confusion and unnecessary harassment of Citizens of the Great State of Michigan. This law was amended in 2008 to include the term "Lawful Purpose", which effectively did away with the "To-From" clauses even though they are still included. While I applaud the effort to add "directly or indirectly" as a mean of protecting Citizen's Rights, I believe that the "Lawful Purpose" clause be listed as the following:
A) Change the "Lawful Purpose" definition to the following: (b) "Lawful purpose" includes, but is not limited to, the following
Without this definition, Citizen of the Great State of Michigan may continue to be harassed for having a Pistol Openly Carried without CPL in Parks and Public Areas as carrying of a Firearm for Personal Protection, wherever not limited nor prohibited by existing law, would be included in "Lawful Purpose". As you may know, Michigan does not specifically list Open Carrying of a Firearm as a Criminal Offense nor should it. One example of how laws can be misinterpreted/misunderstood resulting in a Citizen's rights being violated can be found in the following news article: http://www.grandhaventribune.com/pai...8790890277.bsp
Please note that there are other MCL Listings where "To-From" clauses are included as shown in BOLD below:
750.227a Pistols; unlawful possession by licensee.
Any person licensed in accordance with law to carry a pistol because he is engaged in the business of protecting the person or property of another, except peace officers of the United States, the state or any subdivision of the state railroad policemen appointed and commissioned under the provisions of Act No. 114 of the Public Acts of 1941, being sections 470.51 to 470.61 of the Compiled Laws of 1948 or those in the military service of the United States, who shall have a pistol in his possession while not actually engaged in the business of protecting the person or property of another, except in his dwelling house or on other land possessed by him, is guilty of a felony. This section shall not be construed to prohibit such person from carrying an unloaded pistol to or from his place of employment by the most direct route.
History: Add. 1966, Act 100, Eff. Mar. 10, 1967 ;-- Am. 1967, Act 49, Eff. Nov. 2, 1967
These clauses that include "To-From" references can easily be used to harass Citizens by overzealous Law Enforcement Officers and should be clarified to the greatest degree possible or stricken from the books as soon as humanly possible.
Please contact me with any questions about this information.
PDinDetroit (contact info stricken from the record)