Protestors Lobby Against Relaxing Concealed Gun Restrictions

Mar 9, 2017

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A group of gun control advocates was at the state Capitol to lobby against a proposal to allow people to carry concealed weapons without a permit. 

About 75 members of the group Moms Demand Action showed up to urge lawmakers to reject a bill that would relax concealed gun rules.  Right now, the state requires a clean criminal record and a safety course. 

This new bill would allow anyone 21 years or older who’s not barred from owning a firearm to conceal a gun under their clothes or in a vehicle.

“Anybody could carry a concealed weapon in public, possibly without any training at all,” says Kristen Moore.  “(The current system) is really just a common sense safety measure that people should become familiar on gun law, where it’s legal to carry, how to safely handle a gun.  This is really just common sense.”

The bill’s Republican sponsor says the Second Amendment does not require training to carry a firearm. 

“The only thing we have left is the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, when everything’s covered up with dust, and dirt, and soil,” says state Representative Peter Lucido (R-Shelby Township).  “Give back to people what they had – a constitutional right to carry, without restrictions, without amendments.”  

Michigan already allows people who are not legally barred from owning a gun to openly carry a firearm without training.

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