weapons http://michiganradio.org en Court says Michigan and U.S. constitutions include right to bear tasers http://michiganradio.org/post/court-says-michigan-and-us-constitutions-include-right-bear-tasers <p>A court has ruled Michigan&rsquo;s ban on private citizens owning Tasers and stun guns violates the right to bear arms that is protected in the state and federal constitutions.</p><p>Michigan&rsquo;s ban on Tasers and stun guns will be relaxed come August. That&rsquo;s when a new state law will allow people with concealed weapons permits to carry the devices. These cases date back to 2011 and 2010. A convenience store worker was arrested for carrying a stun gun on the job; another person was arrested in his home for possession of an illegal weapon.</p><p>The non-lethal devices rely on a surge of electricity to disable their targets. The Michigan Court of Appeals says the weapons are not sufficiently dangerous or unusual to be banned. The court did not address restrictions like Michigan&rsquo;s new concealed weapon license requirements.</p><p> Wed, 27 Jun 2012 21:03:48 +0000 Rick Pluta 8057 at http://michiganradio.org Court says Michigan and U.S. constitutions include right to bear tasers 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 Michigan teacher charged in alleged school threat http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-teacher-charged-alleged-school-threat <p>A high school teacher with Plymouth-Canton Community Schools accused of threatening co-workers has been arraigned on weapons charges. Fifty-two-year-old Raymond Schepansky was charged Saturday with carrying a concealed weapon, possession of a weapon on school property and felony firearm.</p><p><a href="http://www.detnews.com/article/20110416/METRO01/104160373/1409/METRO/Plymouth-Canton-teacher-arraigned-on-weapons-charges">The Detroit News reports</a> that a magistrate dismissed a charge of carrying a weapon with unlawful intent after finding that Schepansky had not specifically threatened anyone. The magistrate entered an innocent plea for Schepansky and ordered him held on $100,000 cash bond.</p><p>Police say Schepansky seemed angry and frustrated when he arrived Wednesday at Plymouth High School with a handgun and ammunition in his car. He was ordered to stay away from the school.</p><p>Schepansky, who&#39;s been suspended, was arrested Thursday when he returned, prompting a one-day shutdown of the school. Sat, 16 Apr 2011 17:27:48 +0000 Kyle Norris 2102 at http://michiganradio.org