Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville, is pushing to extend Michigan's concealed weapons permit. If passed, it'll allow those with additional training to carry concealed handguns into current no-carry zones such as schools, college classrooms, hospitals and bars.
"Criminals carry whenever they want to and wherever they want to. So we just feel like if criminals could carry there, why couldn't honest law-abiding citizens do the same thing to protect people," said Sen. Green.
The bill passed out of committee already, but there's no indication yet on when the full senate will take it up. In the meantime, pollster Bernie Porn says voters have already spoken.
"Households with one or more members that have a CCW permit, they oppose the idea by 53%," Porn said.
According to a recent EPIC-MRA poll, 72% of all voters who were surveyed statewide oppose the proposed changes in state law. Sen. Green points to its legitimacy, arguing that the questions are commissioned by the Campaign to Keep Guns Off Campus.
"Those that ask the questions normally polls the questions in a way that can many times make the results whatever they'd like them to be," Sen. Green said.
The question lays it out straight by asking voters if they would favor or oppose the proposal to allow concealed handguns to be carried anywhere. Bernie Porn says regardless of who commissioned the questions, the numbers are real.
"We don't fudge the numbers for anybody and if they get the results back that they want, then they're going to release it," Porn said.
It's still an open argument on what voters truly think, but for now, proposed changes are on hold until the legislature decides to move forward.