The Gangbanger Protection Act of 2015

The circus returned to Lansing recently. The Gangbanger Protection Act of 2015 (Senate Bill 611) is an attack on everyone's fundamental human right to self-defense. This bill starts by repealing Michigan’s Self-Defense Act, which became law in 2006 with broad bipartisan support and was signed into law by then Governor Jennifer Granholm (D).  This bill would also repeal Castle Doctrine, which provides legal protections when defending oneself from a home invader. SB 611 would even make individuals who lawfully and reasonably defend their own lives or the lives of others, vulnerable to costly, damaging and often frivolous lawsuits.

SB 442 S-2 / SB 561 S-1 Analysis of Amendments - More Good and More Bad, Still a Mess

Here is our complete analysis of SB 442 S-2 and SB 561 S-1 as they were reported out of the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday (Tuesday 10/13). 

The Case Against Senator Green’s SB 442 - Why SB 442 Is a Dangerous Sloppy Mess

It’s time to lay out why SB 442 is NOT the pro-gun bill some have made it out to be and why nearly every gun group at the state and national levels is opposing the bill. While the bill would allow Michigan CPL holders to concealed carry (CC) in the now Concealed Pistol Free Zones (CPFZs), what it gives in return, how the bill does this, and how the bill is being sold by its proponents are causing many to strongly object.

About Michigan Open Carry, Inc.

     MOC is the premier organization in Michigan promoting the lawful open carry of a holstered handgun.  We also seek to enhance other gun rights related to carry for self-defense.  We were formed in March of 2009. MOC was started by a group of people on the Michigan Forum of (OCDO). OCDO was started by John Pierce and Mike Stollenwerk in 2004. These men are responsible for revitalizing the growing practice of the open carry of a handgun. Michigan is one of the fastest growing states in regards to the practice of open carrying a handgun.  The open carry movement is growing in the U.S., much like the Concealed carry movement has in the last 10 years.

The objectives of Michigan Open Carry are:

  • To educate and desensitize the public and members of the law enforcement community about the legality of the open carry of a handgun in public.
  • To exercise a natural right to self defense using the most efficient and common tool, a handgun.
  • To demonstrate to the public at large that gun owners are one of the most lawful segments of society and they have nothing to fear from the lawful carry of a firearm. 
  • To protect our right to self-defense.

Methods to accomplish objectives are:

MOC Resources

Below you will find links to a variety of resources about Michigan Open Carry, Inc. and Open Carry in Michigan.

MOC's Email List
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Open Carry Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

If you have questions about open carry, check our FAQ before posting your question in one of our other resources.  There's a good chance the answer is already there!

Misc. information helpful to Open Carry
We have compiled several useful posts (in our Forum) for people who are new to open carry to learn what they need to know, whether or not you have a concealed pistol license (CPL).

MOC's Forums
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MOC's Facebook Group
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