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House Next to Consider Concealed Carry in Schools

Jennifer Smith

By Jennifer Smith, MASB Director of Government Relations

DashBoard, Nov. 22, 2017

On Nov. 8, the Senate passed Senate Bills 584-586, which will allow individuals who obtain a special endorsement with his or her concealed pistol license to carry concealed weapons within schools, day care centers, bars, arenas, churches and libraries. 

The package passed 25-12 with Sen. Marty Knollenberg (R-Troy) joining all of the Democrats in opposition. Numerous amendments were offered during debate in the Senate in an attempt to limit individuals on the no-fly list, those on the sexual offender registry and those with domestic violence convictions from being able to obtain a concealed pistol license, as well as one that would have allowed schools to choose to prohibit concealed carry.

MASB will continue to oppose this legislation and strive to protect the rights of local school boards to set their own policies to ensure their students and staff are safe and secure in their learning environment, but we need your help! We urge you to consider passing a resolution in opposition to these bills and share that resolution with your state representatives, senators and Gov. Rick Snyder, as well as notifying MASB that it has passed.

The bill package is now before the House Committee on Judiciary where we expect action when they return from Thanksgiving break on Nov. 28. The chair of that committee has promised to bring the bills up for a hearing.

We also encourage you to contact your State Representative and urge a “no” vote on these bills. Our concerns are focused on the safety of our students, staff and others visiting our school campuses. We strongly oppose open carry in schools as it has become very disruptive, but moving to a concealed carry system only hides the danger of a gun on campus. Allowing more guns in schools is not a solution, and places more people in harm’s way including our students

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact your MASB Government Relations Team.

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