People could soon be legally carrying concealed guns inside Dexter schools and eight other gun-free zones if a hotly contested bill is passed in the Michigan Legislature.
Here are some highlights of Michigan Senate Bill No. 584 and related issues.
On Sunday, Nov. 5, twenty-six people were killed during the shooting at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas.
Monday, Nov. 6, Bill No. 584 that would allow guns to be carried in nine areas where they are currently prohibited is passed in a Michigan Senate committee. The Bill moves on to the Senate.
The nine areas where guns are prohibited are:
- Dormitories on college and university campus’.
- Taverns and bars
- Sporting arenas and stadiums
- Entertainment venues with seating over 2,500.
The Bill is designed to offer people already licensed to carry a concealed weapon an exemption to the ban for the nine areas listed above.
To obtain an exemption, a person already licensed to carry a concealed weapon must apply for the exemption, be approved and undergo eight hours of training by a certified instructor.
The Bill is for concealed carry. Open carry, where the gun is visible, is still prohibited.
Tavern and bar owners and universities and colleges will still have the option of banning firearms even if the Bill passes.
On Wednesday, Nov. 8, Bill No. 584 passes the Michigan Senate and moves to the State House.
If the Bill passes the House, it moves to Michigan’s Gov. Snyder to be signed in order to become law.
Gov. Snyder vetoed a similar bill after a shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut in 2012 where 26 people were killed, 20 of which were children.
Gov. Snyder has expressed a desire to see Bill No. 584 include a provision for schools to be given autonomy to ban concealed weapons.
There is an alternate version of the Bill that gives schools that autonomy.
Pastor Frank Pomeroy of the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas announced Thursday plans to demolish the church and build a prayer garden in its place.
Pomeroy’s fourteen-year-old daughter was killed in Sunday’s attack.
Dexter’s School Board is withholding comment until its seen what happens with the Bill.
If you would care to make your voice heard, you can contact Dexter’s representative to the state legislature, Donna Lasinski at DonnaLasinski@house.mi.gov