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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