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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  • by Courtney Location: Location on Dec 20, 2012 at 07:09 AM
    As far as the concerns about people bring concealed weapons into hospitals, daycares, and schools, who is to say criminals aren't already doing these things. Daycares, many schools, and many health facilities don't have metal detectors and so people not following the law may already be bringing them in and haven't gotten caught. Us law abiding citizens are not going to go shoot up a place because we are "emotional" that isn't how we are trained. Law abiding citizens won't jeopardize their right to be armed, but a criminal will because they don't care.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 19, 2012 at 07:22 PM
    Had someone in the Movie theater in Colorado been armed, the gunman could have been stopped . Same if school officials are trained and armed to protect . This isnt about taking guns away from Law biding Citizens, it is about Educating those on how and when to use their Legal Gun. Education and training when applying for a gun , arming School officials and security guards, ..but taking away weapons is just another form of Govt control Criminals will not be turning in their guns..they will still be armed.
  • by Bob Location: Mason on Dec 19, 2012 at 01:23 PM
    Hey Folks I have a solution on a sign that I have seen in some neighborhoods. Post a sign on the school doors...."This School is protected by Smith-n-Wesson". Any Punk Kid who reads that...assumming they can read of course, will back-off and go to someplace easier like a place that has a sign showing "NO HANDGUNS ALLOWED SO PLEASE don't bring yours". Do you really think that a Liberal Teacher will want to pack a Self Defense handgun....NOT
  • by Jason Location: Jackson on Dec 17, 2012 at 10:57 PM
    RT hit the nail directly on the head. It's common sense, people
  • by Lance Location: Mid-Michigan on Dec 15, 2012 at 03:22 PM
    Good luck on this one, Rick! Thank God your "one tough nerd" and we only have to pay you $1 a year to make important decision for us. I was told there were two things you never want to see being made, sausage and legislation. I can only imagine what this one will look like.
  • by RT Location: Lansing on Dec 15, 2012 at 02:46 PM
    If someone in that school in Connecticut had a defensive firearm there wouldn't be 20 dead children right now. Maniacs go where they know their victims won't shoot back. You NEVER hear about this type of shooting at a gun shop, a police station, a gun show, or an NRA convention. More guns (in the hands of decent folks), less crime.
  • by Anon Location: Location on Dec 15, 2012 at 12:07 PM
    I am very concerned about concealed weapons being allowed in schools, hospitals etc. I work in health care and it can be very emtionally for family and friends when they have a seriously ill loved one. They can lose reason and act very irrational and whose to say they might not use the gun and then have remorse later after it is too late. I have seen people where they are so emtionally distressed there is not reasoning with them and the last thing I would like to hear is they have a concealed weapon.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 15, 2012 at 02:47 AM
    I would think your first statement must be is why they are should be allowed. If someone had a concealed weapon, this coward might not have done this. Criminals will do what they want. Law abiding citizen obey the law. Place a not in the first paragraph and you have a very strong paper for allowing it.
  • by Angela Location: Michigan on Dec 14, 2012 at 09:28 PM
    I say pass the law. Obviously gun free zones don't mean anything to the person pulling the trigger and shooting up the schools if teachers were allowed to carry their gun to school how many of those innocent children would have been saved. Pass the law for the love of God pass the law.
  • by michele on Dec 14, 2012 at 05:18 PM
    Why is it again that people feel the need to wear guns into hospitals, schools, day cares, department stores etc. And please do not use Connecticut as a reason. Do you really fear everything, everyone and everywhere? Maybe you should talk to someone about that.
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