Michigan state park officers want right to carry guns

Michigan state park officers want right to carry guns

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — The union representing Michigan state park officers says they should be allowed to have guns and bulletproof vests to handle unruly visitors. The Michigan State Employees Association says officers are in an unsafe work environment because of a lack of training and equipment, MLive.com reported . The union has filed a complaint with the state Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Park officers work in situations that can escalate quickly and should be better equipped, said Ken Moore, the association’s president. Park officers should also have access to enforcement data systems so they can run background checks on park visitors, he said. "We’re are not going to just stand by and allow our State Park Officers to be threatened, abused and put in dangerous situations they are not equipped to deal with," Moore said. Recommended Video: Now Playing: Florida Governor Rick Scott has signed into law a package of gun-safety measures raising the legal minimum age for buying rifles, imposing a three-day waiting period on all gun sales and allowing the arming of some school employees. Final passage of the bill by the legislature on Wednesday came three weeks to the day after a gunman opened fire with a semi-automatic assault-style rifle at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public in Parkland, Florida, killing 14 students and three faculty members. Swift action in the Republican-controlled statehouse, where the National Rifle Association (NRA) has long held sway, was propelled in large part by an extraordinary lobbying campaign […]

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