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.

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