Bill to Allow Concealed Handgun in Gun-Free Zones

By: Fay Li Email
By: Fay Li Email

Senate Bill 59 is just one of the controversial legislations passed during the lame duck session. Opponents say the friday morning shooting in a Connecticut elementary school is a horrific reminder why the legislation must be vetoed.

"When you have a weapon concealed at a school board meeting, in a school, at a football game, you insert that element of something could happen," said Lansing School Board Member Peter Spadafore.

Rep. Joan Bauer, D-Lansing, says she was dismayed to see the bill pass out of the House and Senate.

"I think people in Michigan will be absolutely appalled when they realize that in the future people can take a concealed pistol into daycare centers, hospitals and schools," said Rep. Bauer

Daycare centers, hospitals and schools are part of what's called gun-free zones where holders of a concealed pistol license (CPL) can openly carry. However, if Senate Bill 59 is signed into law, CPL holders can only carry concealed, provided they get additional training. Proponents say it's possible they can provide protection during emergencies.

"Only people with special enhanced training will get a special concealed license and will be able to carry concealed. We hope they're there to protect everybody, teachers and children," said Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge.

Sen. Jones, a former Eaton County sheriff, says the future of the bill, signed or vetoed has no effect on criminals.

"People that are licensed are all checked out, they're not the problem. It's the bad guys that are the problem," said. Sen. Jones.

Gov. Snyder has not yet indicated whether or not he will sign the bill.


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