Senate Passes Bills to Allow Concealed Pistols in Currently Gun-free Zones
Posted on November 09, 2017
On Nov. 8, the Michigan Senate passed Senate Bills (SBs) 584-586, which would allow citizens to carry concealed pistols into hospitals and other areas that are currently designated as gun-free zones. This package of bills would also close the loophole in Michigan law that currently allows open carry in these areas.
The passage came just a day after the Senate Government Operations Committee, chaired by Sen. Arlan Meekhof (R-West Olive), heard testimony and reported the MHA-opposed package of bills.
The package would require a person to receive 16 hours of training to obtain an enhanced license to carry concealed weapons into venues where it is now prohibited, such as hospitals, schools, churches and stadiums. Eight hours of training is currently required for a concealed pistol license.
The bills were assigned to the House Judiciary Committee and could be taken up after the two-week legislative recess.
The proposed legislation is similar to MHA-opposed SB 59, which the Legislature passed in 2012. SB 59 was ultimately vetoed by Gov. Rick Snyder, who cited concerns about safety in certain public areas, including hospitals. Members with questions should contact Paige Fults at the MHA.
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