Green announces October office hours in Lapeer County

Sen. Mike Green

Sen. Mike Green

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Mike Green has announced that October office hours have been scheduled for Lapeer County.

“To save taxpayer dollars, we don’t maintain a full-time in-district office, so I am pleased to host office hours throughout the 31st District as a way for the people I represent to come and speak with me,” said Green, R-Mayville. “Everyone is welcome to attend.”

District office hours provide residents an opportunity to meet with the senator or a member of his staff to address issues related to state government. No appointment is necessary.

Office hours for Lapeer County will take place on Friday, Oct. 23 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Lapeer Senior Building, 287 W. Nepessing St., Suite 3, in Lapeer.

“If someone can’t make the office hours but still needs assistance, they can contact me through my website or call my office toll free,” Green said. “My staff and I will gladly help.”

For further information or to contact Green, please visit www.StateSenatorMikeGreen.com or call toll-free 1-866-305-2131. The 31st Senate district includes Bay, Lapeer, and Tuscola counties.

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Concealed carry legislation moves before full Senate

Sen. Mike Green

Sen. Mike Green

LANSING, Mich. —The Senate Committee on Judiciary on Tuesday approved Senate Bill 442 in a 4-1 vote. Sponsored by Sen. Mike Green, this legislation would allow individuals holding a valid Concealed Pistol License (CPL) to carry a concealed pistol in pistol free zones (PFZs).

“One thing we have to keep in mind is that current Michigan law allows everybody with a CPL to carry in all the PFZs due to an anomaly in Michigan law,” said Green, R-Mayville.

“Currently, CPL holders in Michigan are prohibited from carrying a concealed handgun but may carry openly in daycares, bars, hospitals, college dorms or classrooms, casinos, religious facilities or entertainment venues that seat more than 2,500 people. The issue isn’t guns in schools — we already have the right to carry guns in schools. The issue is how we are able to carry them.

“My legislation would allow those who have a valid CPL to carry concealed in the PFZs instead of compelling them to open-carry. I want folks to be able to defend themselves wherever they are legally allowed to be, but locking down a school and causing a disruption in the learning process is not beneficial to anyone.

“I think this is a step in the right direction for everyone.”

SB 442 will now go before the full Senate for consideration.

Editor’s note: To view photos of Green and his guest, Dr. John Lott of the Crime Prevention Research Center, visit www.SenatorMikeGreen.com and click Photowire.

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Dr. John Lott to testify on Green’s pistol-free zone reform

Sen. Mike Green

Sen. Mike Green

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Mike Green announced Friday that famed economist, political commentator and gun rights advocate, Dr. John Lott, will be testifying in support of Senate Bill 442, Green’s legislation creating a general exemption for concealed pistol licenses (CPL) holders in pistol-free zones (PFZ).

Who:

Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville;

Dr. John Lott.

What:

Lott will testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on SB 442, a new measure that would allow CPL holders to carry concealed in pistol-free zones and eliminate the ability to openly carry in those areas.

When:

Tuesday, Oct. 13 at 3 p.m.

Where:

Room 110, Farnum Building

125 W. Allegan St.

Lansing, MI 48933

Brief:

SB 442 addresses the issue of open-carrying a firearm in pistol-free zones. Pistol-free zones in Michigan are schools, daycares, bars, hospitals, college dorms or classrooms, casinos, religious facilities or entertainment venues that seat more than 2,500 people.

The issue that has been generating a large amount of attention is that if an individual has a valid CPL, current statute does not prohibit open carry by those individuals in the restricted areas.

Green’s legislation would allow those who have a valid CPL to conceal carry in pistol-free zones instead of compelling them to openly carry in an effort to maintain their right of citizens to defend themselves, while also taking into consideration the sensitivities that exist in those areas.

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