Michigan Capitol gun ban bill introduced by Democratic lawmakers

Michigan Capitol gun ban bill introduced by Democratic lawmakers

Indiana resident Joshua Potts, left, and his cousin John Potts, of Farmington Hills, sit in the House gallery with their guns as open carry advocates gather at the state capitol on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019 to advocate for gun rights in Lansing. (Jake May | MLive.com) Jake May | MLive.com LANSING, MI – Two Democratic state senators introduced legislation Tuesday to ban guns from inside the Michigan State Capitol. The bills sponsored by Sen. Rosemary Bayer, D-Beverly Hills and Sen. Dayna Polehanki, D-Livonia, would prohibit both open and concealed carry of firearms inside the Michigan State Capitol building, except for Michigan State Police and the Sergeants-at-Arms. The legislative action follows the Michigan State Capitol Commission’s recent rejection of a proposal to completely ban firearms in the Capitol building. The gun ban conversation accelerated after armed protesters of the state’s stay-home order in late April demonstrated in and around the building while lawmakers were in session. “Earlier this year, I took a photo of armed men in the gallery above us that made international news, and people from all over the world wrote to me expressing their concern,” Polehanki said in a statement. “We should not normalize what happened that day. I, and many others, feared for our lives and our voices. In the absence of any action at all from the Capitol Commission, we are offering this legislation to do what they continue to drag their feet on: Protect the people who come and go from the Capitol Building […]

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