concealed weapons http://michiganradio.org en Concealed guns in schools, Michigan legislator wants to leave it up to school boards http://michiganradio.org/post/concealed-guns-schools-michigan-legislator-wants-leave-it-school-boards <p><span style="font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">A Republican legislator says he will introduce a bill soon that would let school boards decide whether to let teachers and parents &nbsp;bring concealed guns into school buildings.</span></p><p><span style="font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">State Senator Mike Green (</span>R-Mayville<span style="font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">) says it's his new alternative to a measure vetoed by Governor Rick Snyder last year.</span></p><p><span style="font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">That bill would have ended schools' status as gun-free zones under Michigan's concealed weapons law.&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Green says this would give the option to school boards.</span></p><p><span style="font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">"There's a lot of school teachers that are very well trained that would love to be able to do that. That's coming in a bill I haven't introduced yet, but we've got it on a fast track," said Green.</span></p><p><span style="font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Green says his legislation could be introduced as soon as this week.&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">There is some question right now whether people with concealed pistol permits may openly carry firearms in Michigan schools.</span></p><p><span style="font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Governor Snyder says he might be open to the idea, but new gun laws rank low on his list of priorities.</span></p><p> Mon, 28 Jan 2013 14:35:34 +0000 Rick Pluta 10962 at http://michiganradio.org Concealed guns in schools, Michigan legislator wants to leave it up to school boards Weekly Political Roundup http://michiganradio.org/post/weekly-political-roundup <p></p><p>Every Thursday we take a look at Michigan politics with Ken Sikkema, former senate majority leader and senior policy fellow at Public Sector Consultants, and Susan Demas political analyst for Michigan Information and Research Service. As a wrap up to the year they talk about the most important legislation that passed this year. Plus, they discuss Governor Snyder’s veto of legislation that would have allowed concealed pistols in school, day cares, and places of worship.</p><p> Thu, 20 Dec 2012 22:58:44 +0000 Jennifer White & Mercedes Mejia 10484 at http://michiganradio.org Weekly Political Roundup Lansing raising money for gun buy back program http://michiganradio.org/post/lansing-raising-money-gun-buy-back-program <p></p><p>Last week’s school shooting in Connecticut is inspiring the city of Lansing to hold a second gun buy-back program.</p><p></p><p>The capitol city’s last gun buy-back program collected nearly a hundred firearms in August. &nbsp;People who turned in hand guns or semi-automatic weapons got gift cards in exchange.</p><p></p><p>The city hopes to collect ten thousand dollars in private donations for its next program.</p><p></p><p>Lansing mayor Virg Bernero says the initiative will get guns off the street and help keep the community safe.</p><p></p> Wed, 19 Dec 2012 03:39:43 +0000 Steve Carmody 10435 at http://michiganradio.org Concealed weapons bill vetoed by Gov. Snyder http://michiganradio.org/post/concealed-weapons-bill-vetoed-gov-snyder <p><strong>Update 4:00 p.m.</strong></p><p>Governor Rick Snyder has vetoed a bill that would have allowed people with concealed pistol permits to carry their guns into schools.</p> Tue, 18 Dec 2012 21:00:54 +0000 Mark Brush & Rick Pluta 10424 at http://michiganradio.org Concealed weapons bill vetoed by Gov. Snyder Questions raised on lame-duck concealed weapons bill on Snyder's desk http://michiganradio.org/post/questions-raised-lame-duck-concealed-weapons-bill-snyders-desk <p>Clergy from across the state are expected to rally in Lansing today, and to call on Gov. Snyder to veto legislation that could allow concealed weapons in schools and churches.</p><p><a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/stateside-reconsidering-michigans-proposed-gun-legislation">On Stateside yesterday</a>, MPRN's Rick Pluta said Snyder is getting an earful from those opposed to the legislation. The Governor says he's looking carefully at the legislation.</p><p>Elisha Anderson and Paul Egan of the <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20121218/NEWS06/312180139/Some-fear-gun-bill-Michigan-Gov-Rick-Snyder-s-desk-could-put-public-schools-risk">Detroit Free Press</a> report the bill is unclear on how schools and other public facilities could keep people from carrying concealed weapons if they wanted to, and that's what is giving the Gov. pause. Tue, 18 Dec 2012 16:20:08 +0000 Mark Brush 10418 at http://michiganradio.org Questions raised on lame-duck concealed weapons bill on Snyder's desk Snyder faces choice on gun bills http://michiganradio.org/post/snyder-faces-choice-gun-bills <p>Governor Rick Snyder must decide whether to approve or veto legislation that would allow concealed pistols in churches, day care centers, and public schools.</p><p>The governor said the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings will play a role in his thinking.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>The legislation would allow enhanced concealed pistol privileges for license holders who get additional training and range practice.</p><p>The governor faces growing pressure on the bills from both sides on the question of gun control.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>The governor said on Detroit Public Television the Connecticut school killings are on his mind as he ponders his decision.</p><p>“It does impact—you can’t have it not impact you and my thoughts and prayers go with everyone in Connecticut. I know that we all share that view,” Snyder said.</p><p>But the governor said he has not made up his mind yet. His administration was officially neutral on the gun bills when they were voted on by the Legislature.</p><p>He will have 14 days to decide once the bills are formally presented to him. Mon, 17 Dec 2012 17:06:54 +0000 Rick Pluta 10398 at http://michiganradio.org Snyder faces choice on gun bills Gun control advocates say Snyder should veto concealed pistol legislation http://michiganradio.org/post/gun-control-advocates-say-snyder-should-veto-concealed-pistol-legislation <p>The school shooting in Connecticut has prompted calls for Governor Rick Snyder to veto legislation that would allow concealed guns in public schools, churches, and day care centers.</p><p>Those are currently “no-carry” zones.</p><p>The legislation would limit the right only to people with concealed pistol licenses and extended training.</p><p>Jessica Tramontana is with the group Progress Michigan. She said those controls are not enough.</p><p>“Even if people have to go through additional hoops to verify that they know how to use this gun and supposedly do it safely, I don’t think how any child or any person could be better served by a gun in a school,” Tramontana said.</p><p>Michigan's chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics joined gun control advocates in urging Mr. Snyder to veto the bill. In a letter today, the group's president, Lia Gaggino, wrote:</p><blockquote><p>“As physicians, adults and those responsible for the care and protection of innocent children we implore Governor Snyder to veto this dangerous, unnecessary legislation."</p></blockquote><p>Gun rights advocates say concealed pistol holders can help keep the public safe by stopping violent situations before police are called to the scene. Connecticut law does not allow firearms on school property.</p><p>Governor Snyder’s administration was officially neutral on the Michigan legislation. His office will only say he’s carefully looking at the bills.</p><p> Fri, 14 Dec 2012 21:13:13 +0000 Rick Pluta 10383 at http://michiganradio.org Gun control advocates say Snyder should veto concealed pistol legislation State House bill would eliminate background check for concealed pistol permits http://michiganradio.org/post/state-house-bill-would-eliminate-background-check-concealed-pistol-permits <p>The state House is considering a bill that would remove a state background check requirement for concealed pistol permits.</p><p>Supporters say a federal background check is sufficient.</p><p>That worries a number of Michigan mayors and law enforcement agencies.</p><p>Mark Glaze is director of Mayors Against Illegal Guns.</p><p>He said Michigan's gun permit procedure should not be changed.</p><p>“The state has access to many more federal criminal records and other information that are prohibiting factors for owning a gun, so if you take away the state system, you actually take away a significant amount of information about some people who aren't entitled to have a gun,” said Glaze.</p><p>Glaze said that includes people who have felony records, are domestic abusers or who are seriously mentally ill.</p><p>The bill would put county sheriffs in control of the permit process, rather than county boards.</p><p> Mon, 03 Dec 2012 19:13:05 +0000 Rina Miller 10181 at http://michiganradio.org State House bill would eliminate background check for concealed pistol permits In this morning's Michigan news headlines. . . http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-michigan-news-headlines-120 <p><strong>Bill would ease restrictions for concealed pistol permits</strong></p><p>"The state House is considering a bill that would remove a state background check requirement for&nbsp; concealed pistol permits. The bill would eliminate state background checks for people who want to carry concealed pistols.&nbsp; The bill would also eliminate a data base of Michigan's pistol owners, which State Police say is used to help solve crimes. If the bill passes, it would also put county sheriffs in control of the permit process, rather than county boards," Rina Miller reports.</p><p><strong>Legislation would allow insurance companies to deny medical marijuana coverage</strong></p><p>"Bills in the state House would let insurance companies deny coverage for medical marijuana. Employers could also refuse to reimburse medical marijuana expenses through workers compensation. Opponents of the bills say the policy would keep some patients from receiving proper and legal medical treatment. But some medical marijuana advocates support the measures. They say when Michigan voters approved the drug, they never meant to force insurers to cover it. The state Senate voted overwhelmingly to pass the bills in May," Jake Neher<a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/medical-marijuana-bills-go-floor-state-house"> reports.</a></p><p><strong>Bill would allow medical personnel to refuse care on religious grounds</strong></p><p>"A bill before the state senate would allow medical personnel to refuse care based on their religious beliefs. The bill would also protect them against civil, criminal, and administrative liability. However, the bill would require medical personnel to provide medical care in an emergency, regardless of a conflict with their religious beliefs," Chris Zollars <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/mich-bill-would-allow-doctors-refuse-care">reports.</a></p><p> Mon, 03 Dec 2012 12:29:45 +0000 Emily Fox 10172 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's Michigan news headlines. . . Appeals court strikes down Michigan stun gun ban http://michiganradio.org/post/appeals-court-strikes-down-michigan-stun-gun-ban <p>BAY CITY, Mich. (AP) - The Michigan appeals court says the state can&#39;t stop people from owning stun guns.<br /><br />A three-judge panel at the court says the Michigan and U.S. constitutions allow people to bear arms. The court says a total prohibition on stun guns can&#39;t stand.<br /><br />The decision released Wednesday involved cases from Bay City and Muskegon. In Bay City, a store employee was carrying a stun gun while he worked behind the counter. In Muskegon, a stun gun was seized from a man at his home.<br /><br />A new Michigan law that takes effect in August would allow people to have stun guns if they also have a permit to carry a concealed weapon. That law was not at issue in the cases at the appeals court. Wed, 27 Jun 2012 15:57:19 +0000 The Associated Press 8048 at http://michiganradio.org Appeals court strikes down Michigan stun gun ban Organizers hope to make Michigan fifth "Constitutional Carry" state http://michiganradio.org/post/organizers-hope-make-michigan-fifth-constitutional-carry-state <p><span style="font-size: small;">The Citizens League for Self-Defense plans to hold a &quot;Constitutional Carry&quot; rally in Lansing on May 19. </span></p><p><span style="font-size: small;">Their goal is to strip the laws in Michigan that limit a person&#39;s ability to carry a concealed handgun.</span></p><p><span style="font-size: small;">They&#39;re also organizing a petition drive.</span></p><p><span style="font-size: small;">The rally comes</span> as <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/it-time-allow-guns-michigan-churches-bars-stadiums">Michigan lawmakers debate legislation</a> that would allow permit holders to carry concealed handguns in places where concealed guns are currently <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/msp/0,1607,7-123-1591_3503_4654-10947--,00.html">off-limits under the law</a>, such as sports stadiums, churches, and schools, so long as they get extra training.</p><p><span style="font-size: small;"><a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/index.ssf/2012/05/post_13.html">MLive&#39;s John Barnes</a> reports, &quot;o</span>rganizers of the rally would like to take that a step further&quot;:</p><blockquote><p><span style="font-size: small;">&nbsp;</span>&ldquo;We feel that the political climate is getting right for being able to recognize constitutional carry in Michigan,&rdquo; said John Roshek, president of the Citizens League for Self Defense.</p><p>&ldquo;The goal of the rally is to get Michigan to be the fifth constitutional carry state in the country.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>Currently Alaska, Arizona, Vermont, and Wyoming allow the carrying of concealed firearms without restrictions.</p><p>The <span style="font-size: small;"><a href="http://www.citizensleaguesd.com/p/constitutional-carry-rally.html">Citizens League for Self-Defense</a> says the constitution is clear:</span></p><blockquote><p><span style="font-size: small;">The 2nd Amendment is clear, the right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. </span><span style="font-size: small;">It does not state &quot;Unless you have a license or permission&quot;. Until our 2A rights are restored nationwide we support CPL&#39;s for the purpose of reciprocity with other states, but they should not be a requirement to carry a concealed pistol.</span></p></blockquote><p><span style="font-size: small;">The amendment states:</span></p><p><span style="font-size: small;">&quot;</span><font size="+1">A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.&quot;</font></p><p>And here&#39;s how that amendment has been interpreted over time from <a href="http://caselaw.lp.findlaw.com/data/constitution/amendment02/">FindLaw.com</a>.</p><p><em>*Correction - an earlier post was titled &quot;Organizers hope to make Michigan sixth &#39;Constitutional Carry&#39; state.&quot; We changed it to &quot;fifth&quot; to reflect states that have no restrictions. Depending on how you count, some count Montana in the group. We also clarified language pertaining to &quot;gun free zones&quot; in Michigan.</em> Tue, 01 May 2012 16:10:33 +0000 Mark Brush 7265 at http://michiganradio.org Organizers hope to make Michigan fifth "Constitutional Carry" state Changes coming to Michigan's concealed handgun law? http://michiganradio.org/post/changes-coming-michigans-concealed-handgun-law <p>John Barnes at <a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/index.ssf/2012/03/sweeping_changes_proposed_for.html">MLive.com</a> reports today on potential new changes coming for Michigan&#39;s concealed handgun law.</p><p>The details of the proposal are expected to be taken up tomorrow morning in the Michigan Senate&#39;s Natural Resources, Environment and Great Lakes Committee.</p><p>The changes could allow license holders who receive extra training to carry handguns in places currently off-limits under the law, such as sports stadiums, churches, and schools.</p><p>Barnes writes that the proposed measure hopes to increase the accuracy of reports on permit holders who violate the law:</p><blockquote><p>Additional measures in the bill are aimed at ensuring mandatory annual reports on permit holders who run afoul of the law are more accurate.</p><p>The MLive investigation last summer found <a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/index.ssf/2011/06/no_penalty_no_problem_counties.html">many prosecutors and clerks</a> refused to do them. Those that did <a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/index.ssf/2011/06/ready_aim_misfire_analysis_fin.html">frequently made mistakes</a>, under-reporting convictions and revocations for gun- and non-gun crimes. Wed, 21 Mar 2012 17:49:45 +0000 Mark Brush 6727 at http://michiganradio.org Changes coming to Michigan's concealed handgun law? Stun gun legislation working its way through Michigan legislature http://michiganradio.org/post/stun-gun-legislation-working-its-way-through-michigan-legislature <p>Stun guns might become another allowable concealed weapon in Michigan.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/michigan-senate-approves-stun-gun-legislation">Michigan Senate passed a measure</a> that lifts a ban on stun guns last October. A similar measure is working its way through the Michigan House. From <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20111201/NEWS06/111201008/1001/news">USA Today</a>:</p><blockquote><p>A measure working its way through the Michigan Legislature would make the state the nation&#39;s 45th to allow residents to carry stun guns as a means of self-defense. Wisconsin became the 44th on Nov. 1.</p><p>Stun guns, which shoot prongs carrying an electrical charge to temporarily incapacitate the person they strike, have been blamed in lawsuits for some deaths, but proponents insist they are far less dangerous than handguns. Thu, 01 Dec 2011 12:16:37 +0000 Mark Brush 5205 at http://michiganradio.org Stun gun legislation working its way through Michigan legislature Michigan Senate approves stun gun legislation http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-senate-approves-stun-gun-legislation <p>In this state, the use of stun guns by citizens is prohibited.</p><p>Michigan&nbsp;<a href="http://www.legislature.mi.gov/%28S%28tbuieofkbqs5tt55m2ayvxvh%29%29/mileg.aspx?page=GetObject&amp;objectname=mcl-750-224a">law</a> states that you cannot possess &quot;<span id="frg_getmcldocument_MclContent">a portable device or weapon from which an electrical current, impulse, wave, or beam may be directed, which current, impulse, wave, or beam is designed to incapacitate temporarily, injure, or kill.</span>&quot;</p><p>Now Some legislators want to change that. From the Associated Press:</p><blockquote><p>Michigan residents with permits to carry concealed pistols also would be able to carry stun guns or Tasers under a measure approved by the state Senate.</p><p>A key bill in a legislative package that would allow the devices to be carried by properly licensed residents passed the Senate by a 35-3 vote Tuesday. The measure advances to the House.</p><p>Michigan would join 43 other states that allow residents to carry stun guns under certain circumstances. Michigan law has banned the use of stun guns since 1976, with exceptions for police<br />and some other personnel.</p><p>Laws that cover the use and licensing of concealed handguns in Michigan also would apply to stun guns or Tasers under the Senate legislation. That includes certain &quot;no carry&quot; zones such as schools and stadiums.</p></blockquote><p>Stun guns advocates say they&#39;re effective tools for self-defense.</p><p>Or they could be used to subdue someone with an exceptionally long question at a <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SaiWCS10C5s&amp;feature=player_embedded">political forum</a> (the genesis of &quot;don&#39;t tase me, bro!&quot; phrase) .</p><p> Tue, 04 Oct 2011 18:03:01 +0000 Mark Brush 4433 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Senate approves stun gun legislation Empty holsters on campus in protest of gun laws http://michiganradio.org/post/empty-holsters-campus-protest-gun-laws <p>Some college students are protesting the state&rsquo;s gun laws by carrying empty holsters on campus this week. &ldquo;<a href="http://www.concealedcampus.org/index.php">Students for Concealed Carry</a>&rdquo; is a national group behind the annual protest. There are protests this week at Grand Valley State University, Ferris State University and Central Michigan University.</p><p>The groups say people with valid concealed weapons permits should be able to carry concealed guns on campuses around the state. Colleges and Universities <font color="black" face="arial, helvetica, sans-serif" size="-1"><font face="Arial, Helvetica">**</font></font> are on the list of nine &ldquo;<a href="http://www.michigan.gov/msp/0,1607,7-123-1591_3503_4654-10947--,00.html">pistol free zones</a>&rdquo;.</p><p>Reid Smith is the Michigan State Director of Students for Concealed Carry</p><blockquote><p>&quot;You&rsquo;re only taking about allowing lawful gun owners to carry their firearms on college campuses and you&rsquo;re not talking about the criminals. The criminals aren&rsquo;t going to obey the gun free zone laws anyway.&quot;</p></blockquote><p>Michigan&rsquo;s house and senate are considering <a href="http://www.legislature.mi.gov/%28S%28mojusyro5ouw3bad3xvcsj45%29%29/mileg.aspx?page=getobject&amp;objectname=2011-SB-0058&amp;query=on">bills </a>this year on whether or not to do away with the pistol free zones. Tue, 05 Apr 2011 17:50:28 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 1921 at http://michiganradio.org Empty holsters on campus in protest of gun laws Is it time to allow guns in Michigan churches? Bars? Stadiums? http://michiganradio.org/post/it-time-allow-guns-michigan-churches-bars-stadiums <p>A Michigan state senator wants to allow people with <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/msp/0,1607,7-123-1591_3503_4654-10926--,00.html">concealed carry permits</a> to take their weapons into churches, bars and other <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/msp/0,1607,7-123-1591_3503_4654-10947--,00.html">‘gun-free zones’</a>.</p><p>A decade ago state lawmakers banned gun owners from taking their weapons into certain public places out of fear of gunplay.&nbsp;But State Senator Mike Green of <a href="http://www.senate.michigan.gov/gop/senators/Green.asp?District=31">Mayville </a> says experience has shown those fears were unwarranted, since he believes people have been carrying in ‘gun-free zones’ already without incident.&nbsp;</p><blockquote><p>It was an obstacle ten years ago because people feared, a good, honest, law-abiding citizen would use it in a way that would hurt or harm other people.&nbsp; But the fact is, in 11 years there’s not been hardly anything that happened like that.&nbsp;</p></blockquote><p>Green’s legislation would also put the Secretary of State’s office in charge of processing concealed carry permit applications.&nbsp;He says <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/msp/0,1607,7-123-1586_27094-10953--,00.html">local gun boards</a> are not completing background checks on the applicants fast enough. Tue, 25 Jan 2011 22:18:53 +0000 Steve Carmody 1008 at http://michiganradio.org Is it time to allow guns in Michigan churches? Bars? Stadiums?