House Action Imminent on Senate Bills 584-586

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USA -(Ammoland.com)- Senate Bills 584 & 585, which would allow any CPL holder to obtain a general exemption to concealed pistol free zones, and Senate Bill 586, which would clarify that public schools, intermediate school districts, community colleges, public libraries, and other public authorities are local units of government, are expected to be taken up by the Michigan House of Representatives sooner rather than later -as early as next week!

While MCRGO, the NRA, and other firearms law reform activists nearly uniformly support these bills, there are several changes we would like to see in the House to Senate Bill 584.

The last minute Senate addition of airport property to the list of pistol free zones should be removed. It appears to have been added to prevent future situations where Open Carry activists have carried on airport property, but it misses the mark by applying only to concealed pistols.

We would also like to see the Senate's ban on intentional display and open carry removed from the bill as the language could be used to prosecute CPL holders who are printing or inadvertently showing a firearm.

Please contact your state representative now to let them know you support Senate Bills 584-586 with the changes noted above. You can find him/her HERE.

Some key points:

  • 98 percent of mass shootings occur in pistol free zones because they are target rich locations.
  • Pistol free zones don't prevent people with criminal intent from carrying a gun there.
  • The are numerous examples of situations where CPL holders have stopped shootings or prevented them altogether. It happens far more often than many people realize because they aren't reported like unchallenged mass shootings with high body counts.
  • No Michigan CPL holder has ever been mistakenly shot by another Michigan CPL holder or law enforcement in the 17 years Michigan has had shall-issue concealed carry. Michigan has over 600,000 CPL holders who carry daily in busy public settings.
  • Michigan CPL holders with a general exemption would be the best trained in the USA!
  • The legislation does not negatively impact private property rights.

Michigan Coalition For Responsible Gun Owners

About MCRGO:

The Michigan Coalition for Responsible Gun Owners is a non-profit, non-partisan organization. Formed from just eight people in 1996, we now have thousands of members and numerous affiliated clubs across the state. We’re growing larger and more effective every day.Our mission statement is: “Promoting safe use and ownership of firearms through education, litigation, and legislation.”

For more information, visit their website.

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    The aricle is incorrect. This bill is not “universally supported” by all gun rights groups, some, correctly, oppose it, like Michigan Open Carry for example. The Senate amendments were poison pill “compromise”amendments when no compromise was necessary to pass it, they were gifts to the antigunners by “Republicans” who continue to completely fail to understand the meaning of the word “compromise” or how to advance an agenda. Here are the problems wih this bill that the article fails to mention: It gives legal force to “no guns” signs (under current law we can ignore them unless specifically asked to leave),… Read more »

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    I wish the open carry nuts would knock off these demonstrations. All it does is get the sheep in a tizzy and then demand action. Open carry was legal in Californistan until a bunch of open carry people kept swarming Starbucks. Moms demanded something be done and boom, no more open carry.
    This is exactly the same as the nut jobs in the NFL kneeling during the national anthem. Sure its a right but best not practiced right there.

    Vanns40
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    Vanns40

    You either have a Right or you don’t and you, apparently, don’t seem to understand that concept. Let’s try this: you have the right to free speech but not when you’re in a political gathering, a group of more than ten, any venue where someone might be offended. Other than that you have free speech. Not so free any more is it?

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    CA. has a lot more problems than “open carry nuts”. CA.’s problem lies with it’s politicians.

    Jim Macklin
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    Jim Macklin

    Think about Clint Eastwood and the movie GRAN TORINO. Lots of bluster and the politicians see another opportunity to strike. The police in almost any area of the country, in any jurisdiction know who their troublemakers are. if they see a known gang-banger open carrying they can make an arrest. Criminals carry concealed when they want to pull a job. They don’t go armed except when they are planning to rob, rape or whatever. The law abiding don’t know when they may be attacked, criminals don’t make public announcements. Honest folks must carry 24/7 because criminals attack at any convenient… Read more »

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    Your argument is ridiculous. First, Open Carry was once, not long ago, uncommon in any state, now it’s quite the opposite, why? Because people, the ones you deride, went out and did it enough to normalize it and desensitize the public. There habe not been mass carry bans as a result, in fact some states, like Texas, have lossened their laws to make it easier. Only already antigun states, like California, who ban guns anyway, pass bans. Second, people only open carried in California because it was the only legal way for millions of people in that state to carry… Read more »

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    Silence Dogood

    What starts in Kalifornia…doesn’t stay in Kalifornia. You folks should know better by now. Just like thirty years ago all we heard from “hunter groups” was, “why do you need those black gun anyway?”