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Michigan GOP reviving bill to allow concealed carry in more public places

Michigan GOP reviving bill to allow concealed carry in more public places (FILE)

LANSING, Mich. (SINCLAIR BROADCAST GROUP) - Republican lawmakers are resurrecting a bill that opponents say would allow more guns in schools.

Emily Durbin, a mother of two, and a physiologist at MSU, is fighting Senate Bill 584.

"Senate Bill 584 would allow for hidden loaded handguns in K-12 schools, college dorms, in classrooms, bars, stadiums. I think this is a terribly dangerous idea. The extremist lawmakers who are proposing this want us to believe that respecting the second amendment and common sense public safety are in opposition," she said.

Michigan Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof and three other republican lawmakers introduced the bill.

In a statement, a Meekhof spokeswoman says the majority leader's position is that responsible, licensed gun owners should be permitted to carry concealed in public places.

Meekhof's office says as it stands under current law, a person can already open carry in public places like the state capitol.

SB-584 would also allow concealed carry--with proper training--in gun free zones, like college campuses.

"We don't think we should have it either way, either openly carry or concealed, guns don't belong in school. Young people of college age are the highest risk of engaging in violence, so why would we enable that by packing more guns in places where they are with one another where they might be drinking," Durbin said.

Durbin suggests Michigan needs more gun laws. But that's probably not going to happen in the Republican-controlled house, which has already passed a permit-less conceal carry bill.

Lee chatfield / r-levering

"Criminals have no regard to the law. Whatever gun laws we pass, they aren't going to follow anyways, that's why we call them criminals. I think the best way to defend yourself against a criminal with a firearm is to have law abiding citizens armed as well,” said Rep. Lee Chatfield (R-Levering).

Right now, SB-584 sits in the Senate Government Ops Committee.

Although Senator Meekhof introduced the bill, he has recently admitted that the timing may not be right to pass these bills.

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