Proposed Changes To Conceal And Carry

By: Meaghan M. Norman Email
By: Meaghan M. Norman Email

If one Michigan lawmaker has his way, people will be able to carry concealed weapons almost anywhere they want. There is new legislation on the table that would legalize the current "no carry" zones, but some agencies think this would do more harm than good.

"We have a Constitution that says we do have a right to protect ourselves with a gun," said Senator Mike Green (R-Mayville).

Senator Green has sponsored legislation that would extend the state's concealed carry law to hospitals, sports stadiums, schools and other public places that are forbidden under current law.

"We believe it's been proven time and time again that we're not talking about people out to hurt somebody or demean somebody," said Sen. Green. "We're talking about good, honest, law abiding citizens that want to protect themselves."

It's been more than ten years since the State passed it's current concealed pistol law and Major Joel Maatman of the Ingham County Sheriff's Office says the law works just fine the way it is.

"Personally I think this is too radical," said Maatman. "I think the legislators got it right the first time."

And Maatman said when you start carrying guns in certain public venues, the idea of protection could backfire including mis-use and accidental firing.

"I think there are certain venues, people want to go and they want to feel free and safe and not be around someone with a weapon."

Lansing Community College is one of those venues that has already dismissed the idea of expanding the so-called "carry zones." Tuesday, in a statement from the college: "LCC President Brent Knight opposes any repeal of 'No Carry' zones as they relate to college campuses. He said the intent of the proposed legislation is not in the best interest of the community and is contrary to the educational process."

Senator Green said he expects opposition to the legislation but says the intent is truly not to make people feel unsafe, but, the complete opposite.

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  • by True Patriot Location: Michigan on Feb 4, 2011 at 11:09 PM
    ScaredScaredScared, you should stay at home locked in an impenetrable room. Your emotional diatribe does not hold water. Nice try but your clueless. Anonymous who wrote "Just what we need More guns on the street", please call ScaredScaredScared. Maybe you can share a room.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 27, 2011 at 11:32 AM
    Just what we need More guns on the street.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 27, 2011 at 07:19 AM
    Would you feel safer if thug does not bother with anything legal while those who do have permits can assist you faster than law enforcement. I would rather have the thug think if there are three people in a group of people he is holding up, there is good chance that one of them as a weapon.
  • by ScaredScaredScared Location: Michigan on Jan 27, 2011 at 06:02 AM
    This is tragedy after tragedy after tragedy......waiting to happen. I definitely would not find myself feeling safer in any hospital, school, or large venue. Are you kidding?! Like I need some angry, drunken, armed idiot deciding he doesn't like something I've said at my favorite sporting event and he wants to "defend his team's honor", so he temporarily loses his mind, pulls out his legally carried concealed weapon, and shoots me in front of my family. It's not that outlandish to think about. Yeah, that sounds great. I've become so utterly disgusted and totally fed up with our gun-happy/crazy culture and everybody thinking it's their right to shoot whoever they feel even the slightest bit threatened by - like the old man who shot the young man who simply ended up at the wrong house. Like we need to spread that out further and have things like that happen where we're all out and about. This is about the stupidest idea I have heard of in a long time.
  • by Robert Location: South Lyon Mi on Jan 26, 2011 at 06:25 PM
    When 40,000 people leave a Tiger game at 11 PM,or 20,000 people leave the Joe, the bad guy's know that no one is armed. With the repeal, they would never be sure. It would be safer for everyone.
  • by david Location: charlotte on Jan 26, 2011 at 09:23 AM
    i would like to remind mr. brent knight your not the one who sets policy in this state or make laws and the majority of the blogs are in favor of this law
  • by Nate Location: SW Michigan on Jan 26, 2011 at 08:12 AM
    In response to Officer Richard: you ask "why does anyone need a gun in school", or church? I think the massacres at Virginia Tech and Columbine answer the first question. And I can't believe you (or anyone) would be so naive as to ask why you'd want to carry a gun in church. Ask that of members of the following churches: Tenn. Valley Unitarian Universalist Church in Knoxville, TN; St. Odilia Catholic Church in Tucson, AZ; Wedgwood Baptist Church in TX; Ministry of Jesus Christ Church in Baton Rouge, LA; New Life Church in Colorado Springs, CO... and there are SEVERAL others where mass shootings of unarmed patrons have occurred. I think it was the last mentioned where it was an off-duty armed security guard who shot the gunman. In short, an armed citizen. I think you'd hear more about armed citizens stopping rampages if there were simply more of us out there. Don't forget, with your 25 yrs LEO experience, that not all sheepdogs wear uniforms and badges.
  • by Pete Location: MI on Jan 26, 2011 at 06:30 AM
    To John, the cop: Why does any one need a gun in a school? A stadium? A church? - So we can defend ourselves, of course! Carrying a gun is a great responsibility and the simple act of having a gun does not ensure anybody's safety if those who carry don't know how or when they can be legally and safely used. - this is why a class is required to obtain a CPL. It trains everyone on the legal issues related to carrying a pistol, and provides hands-on firearm training. One more thing, why do you never hear about an armed citizen saving any one at any of the mass public killings that have plauged this county in recent years? - this one is simple, because the media only reports tragedies, and not the great success stories. The liberal media certainly won't put stories out there that put a positive light on guns.
  • by steve Location: kalamazoo county on Jan 26, 2011 at 05:51 AM
    @ richard the reason you havnt heard of an armed citizin saving someone at the mass shootings is because the armed citizen had to leave his gun at home or locked up in the car because we cant carry there. you should know to when the seconds count cops are only minutes away .... i think there should be more people getting cpl ccw what ever you want to call it..... an armed society is a polite society
  • by George Location: Clinton Township on Jan 26, 2011 at 05:37 AM
    Does anyone in power realize that ALL major shootings occurred in so called GUN FREE ZONES? The bad guys know they won't have anyone shooting back.People should realize they are LESS safe in a GUN FREE zone. It's insane to put people in the situation where if anyone starts shooting ,the only thing they can do is hide.Personal self defense is what the 2nd amendment is all about.Gun Free Zones are just FEEL GOOD motions that leave people open to slaughter.
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