The Latest: Michigan panel OKs concealed guns in schools
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Latest on the Michigan Legislature’s consideration of legislation to allow gun owners with extra training to bring their concealed weapons into schools and other gun-free zones (all times local):
A Michigan legislative committee has voted to let people with extra training carry guns inside churches, schools and other places now off limits.
The bills were approved Tuesday, two days after a gunman killed 26 people at a Texas church. The full Senate plans to vote as early as Wednesday. Republican Gov. Rick Snyder vetoed legislation in 2012 that would have allowed concealed pistol license holders with additional training to carry in gun-free zones.
Proponents say the zones are a “target-rich environment” for mass shooters. Critics say authorizing guns in the areas would make those places less safe.
Under Michigan law, it is illegal for the nearly 618,000 people with concealed weapon permits to carry in designated gun-free zones such as schools, day care centers, taverns and casinos.
Republican lawmakers are renewing their attempt to let gun owners carry their weapons inside Michigan schools, day care centers and other gun-free zones.
Fast-tracked legislation up for a vote in a Senate committee Tuesday would allow concealed pistol license holders with extra training to carry in nine areas that are currently off limits. The full Republican-led Senate plans to vote Wednesday on the bill that is opposed by gun-control advocates and others.
The legislative action will come days after a gunman killed 26 people at a Texas church.
The bill is expected to be changed to close a legal loophole that currently lets CPL holders openly carry in gun-free zones.
Republican Gov. Rick Snyder vetoed similar legislation in 2012 in the aftermath of the massacre at a school in Connecticut.