Guns still allowed inside Michigan Capitol, after ban shot down again

Guns still allowed inside Michigan Capitol, after ban shot down again

An armed protester outside the Michigan Capitol on April 30. (Bridge file photo by Jonathan Oosting) LANSING — Michigan state Rep. Sarah Anthony broke down in tears Monday as she described her work day on April 30, when armed protesters entered the Capitol during a debate over Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s emergency authority amid the coronavirus pandemic. Protesters chanted outside the House chambers while a group of men with long guns entered the Senate gallery and shouted down at lawmakers from above, prompting one to wear a bulletproof vest at her desk on the floor. Anthony said she thought armed protesters had “stormed” the Capitol “with the express intent of inciting fear and intimidation” during a critical vote. “It was terrifying,” Anthony, D-East Lansing, told members of the Michigan Capitol Commission, who moments earlier voted down competing proposals to either ban all firearms in the building or only prohibit openly carried guns. “By not banning firearms in this building you are telling me that my life does not matter,” she added. “It’s been 137 days since many of those who call this building a workplace have had to work in fear.” State Rep. Sarah Anthony, D-Lansing, testifies before the Michigan Capitol Commission on Monday. (screenshot) Instead, commissioners plan additional study on proposals they’ve contemplated for more than four months. As part of the process, they studied costs for equipment like X-ray machines and hired an outside attorney to confirm what Attorney General Dana Nessel has told them: They have the […]

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