Just in case you missed it, during the first week of November, the Republican-run state Senate of Michigan has agreed that concealed guns should be allowed in schools … churches … and bars. As the Chicago-Tribune explains, yes you read that right.
In Michigan, it is illegal for the nearly 618,000 people with concealed weapons permits to carry in designated gun-free zones: schools, day cares, stadiums, large concert halls, taverns, places of worship, hospitals, many college dorms or classrooms, and casinos.
The legislation would legalize the right to carry in those places if a license holder gets eight more hours of training, though privately owned businesses such as bars could stay pistol-free. People licensed to carry would be banned from openly carrying or intentionally displaying a pistol — a provision that addresses a “loophole” that has allowed armed open-carry activists to enter the gun-free zones and has sparked lawsuits.
You may remember how in Las Vegas all of the “good guys” with guns were able to not stop mass murderer Stephen Paddock. Earlier this summer Michigan’s overrun-by-Republicans state legislature passed a bill that would allow everybody to conceal-carry without a permit, or training, or anything. The silver-lining here comes with the hopes that Michigan’s Republican Gov. Rick Snyder having already vetoed a similar bill back in 2012, will do the same here.
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