Michigan Lawmaker Introduces Bill to Limit Gun-Free Zones

A Michigan state representative wants to make it legal for state residents with concealed-carry permits to protect themselves in many of the current “no carry zones” throughout the state.

WLNS.com reported that State Representative Beau LaFave (R-District 108) has submitted legislation to expand concealed carry to colleges, hospitals, gambling casinos, daycare centers, schools, and sports arenas—all locations where carrying firearms is currently banned.

As LaFave told WLNS.com: “If you have a background check, you did the training, you have fingerprints on file with the FBI and you’ve got your permit, why in the world are we disarming people that are law-abiding citizens?…So we need to make sure the law-abiding citizens have an ability to defend themselves wherever they are in public.”

If his law passes, “any private entity would [still] have the right to deny entrance to someone with a concealed weapon, if they so choose.”

According to MichiganLive.com, just under 500,000 Michigan citizens had active concealed-carry permits in 2016. 

To be issued a concealed-carry permit in Michigan, one must be at least 21 years old, either a citizen of the United States or an alien lawfully admitted into the United States, and a legal resident of Michigan who has resided in the state for at least six months immediately prior to application, according to the Michigan State Patrol website.

An applicant must also have “knowledge and training in the safe use and handling of a pistol by successfully completing an appropriate pistol safety training course or class.” Applicants cannot have a felony conviction, any one of a number of misdemeanor convictions, or been declared mentally insane, among other requirements. —by Brian McCombie, Contributor, Texas & U.S. Law Shield blog

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