I disagree with your premise that we have a "right to a license"... individual rights should not be licensed.
Also, Michiganders can carry a firearm openly without a license and no license is needed to carry a knife in any fashion (length and type of knife is restricted). Your comparison isn't very good here.
But you are correct on the point that too many gun owners take: that Democrat = gun grabber and Republican = full autos for everyone. That's not reality.
I think the more interesting thing about this article is the Sheriff response...