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In the wake of the recent mass shootings in Texas and Nevada, state lawmakers in Michigan are about to vote on legislation that would allow gun owners to carry concealed weapons in gun-free zones.

On Tuesday, the Michigan Senate Committee on Government Operations voted 3-2, along party lines, to send Senate Bills 584-586 to the state Senate floor. The bills would allow permit holders who have completed at least eight hours of advanced firearm training in the past five years, or who are a certified firearm instructors to carry concealed weapons in gun-free zones.

Under state law, more than 600,000 concealed pistol license (CPL) holders in the state are prohibited from carrying weapons in nine gun-free zones, including schools grounds, daycare centers, sports arenas, large entertainment facilities, taverns, places of worship, hospitals, college dorms or classrooms, and casinos.

Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof (R-West Olive), who sponsored the bills, said the zones are a “target-rich environment” for mass shooters. He said the legislation would give people the ability to protect themselves.

“The highest-trained gun owners, to be able to defend themselves and others, I think that’s a good thing,” Meekhof told the Booth Michigan.

The Michigan Coalition for Responsible Gun Owners (MCRGO) Education Chair Bob Rudowski testified at the hearing in support of the bills, arguing that a “well-qualified, well-trained individual” armed in a gun free zone could be “tantamount to setting up a scenario where we no longer set up sheep waiting for the wolves.”

MCRGO said they would “work to expeditiously…Read More

Lakeem Khodra
Lakeem Khodra
News Writer/Contributor at Tyranny News @lakeemk

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