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Michigan Capitol Commission Votes To Ban Open Carry Of Guns

Jan 12, 2021

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The Michigan State Capitol Commission adopted a rule Monday banning the open carry of guns at the Capitol.  There are exceptions for law enforcement officers and people with concealed pistol licenses.  We have more from Rick Pluta.


The decision was faintly panned or faintly praised as too much or not enough.

The new House Republican leader said the commission exceeded its power, but asked people to comply while Republicans decide what to do next.  A court challenge is a possibility.  Attorney General Dana Nessel said the commission not only has the power, but should do more, including installing metal detectors after a mob at the US Capitol turned violent.

“It is a ridiculous set of circumstances that we’re not doing everything that we can to ensure the security and the safety of the state Capitol.  It’s outrageous to me.”

Nessel issued a formal opinion in May that the commission does have the power to ban concealed or openly carried guns at the Capitol.

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— Rick Pluta is the Managing Editor and Reporter for the Michigan Public Radio network.  Contact WEMU News at 734.487.3363 or email us at studio@wemu.org