House Dems Seek To Abolish Capitol Commission, Citing Inaction On Gun Ban

House Dems Seek To Abolish Capitol Commission, Citing Inaction On Gun Ban

The MSCC has been debating the issue of banning firearms from the state Capitol since May. Michigan Militia at the Second Amendment March at the Capitol, Sept. 17, 2020 | Laina G. Stebbins (Michigan Advance) A group of House Democrats announced late Thursday that they are moving to dissolve a small historic maintenance panel tasked with coming up with a firearms policy for Michigan’s state Capitol. The five-bill package to abolish the Michigan State Capitol Commission (MSCC) comes in response to what the lawmakers are calling "deliberate and continued delay tactics" from the panel on whether to ban guns from the building. "As the Michigan Capitol Commission has shown a sustained and willful disregard to exercise their authority to protect the safety of everyone who works and visits our State Capitol building including thousands of school children each year, the Capitol Commission’s responsibilities must be returned to the Legislative Council," House Minority Leader Christine Greig (D-Farmington Hills) said in a statement Thursday. The MSCC has been debating the issue of banning firearms from the state Capitol since May, after being prompted to do so by a tense meeting of worlds between armed right-wing protesters and lawmakers in session. Michigan has no restrictions on firearms in its state Capitol. House Bills 6246-6250, introduced by Greig, state Reps. Kara Hope (D-Holt), Yousef Rabhi (D-Ann Arbor), Brenda Carter (D-Pontiac) and Robert Wittenberg (D-Huntington Woods), will be officially read in during the next legislative session. The legislation would hand over exclusive control of […]

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