Michigan Senate passes concealed carry bills: Here’s what you need to know
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The Michigan Senate on Wednesday passed legislation allowing people who obtain enhanced concealed pistol licenses to carry concealed weapons in churches, schools, stadiums, bars and other places now considered "no gun" zones.
The bills – Senate Bills 584-586 – passed by a 25-12 vote.
Here’s what you need to know regarding these bills:
What’s the next step for these concealed carry bills?
The bills now move to the Republican-controlled state House, where they are expected to pass. But it’s not known when the House will take up the bills, except that it will not be before the Thanksgiving break.
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If the House also passes the bills, will Gov. Rick Snyder sign them?
The governor hasn’t said what he will do with these specific bills. But he vetoed legislation allowing concealed carry in schools in 2012, shortly after the Sandy Hook tragedy.
He told MLive his position hasn’t changed since then and if he was given the same bills again, he would veto them again.
Has anything changed since then?
Some proponents point to the fact that the legislation closes what some refer to as the "open carry loophole," under which people have been able to legally carry handguns in no gun zones, provided they are not concealed.
That would no longer be allowed under these bills, which also require eight hours of additional training or certification as a firearms instructor to obtain an enhanced license.
But an issue that concerned Snyder in 2012 — no opt-out provision for local school districts — hasn’t changed.
Would schools still be able to ban guns?
Private owners could still ban guns from places such as bars, and universities which have constitutional authority could regulate gun possession on their campuses, but there is no general opt-out provision for local governments, including public school districts.
Schools could ban students, including adult students from carrying guns, and could also ban their own teachers and other employees from doing so.
If the bills become law, can someone with the enhanced license carry a concealed weapon into Comerica Park or Ford Field?
No. Both stadiums are owned by the Detroit-Wayne County Stadium Authority, which is a public entity that can’t ban firearms under the legislation. However, because the stadiums are leased by private entities – the Detroit Tigers and the Detroit Lions respectively – even Michigan Open Carry spokesman Tom Lambert concedes that under property law, each team is entitled to ban guests from carrying in firearms, which both do.
What about the state Capitol
The bills would allow someone with a concealed pistol license to carry a concealed weapon inside the Capitol, including into the House and Senate chambers’ visitor galleries. But that’s already permitted under current law.
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November 10, 2017 at 11:58PM