Schools can ban guns, Michigan Supreme Court rules

Schools can ban guns, Michigan Supreme Court rules

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Buy Photo Lansing — Michigan schools can ban guns on their property, the state Supreme Court ruled Friday, upholding policies that Ann Arbor and Clio districts have defended as common-sense safety measures. In a 4-3 decision, the state’s highest court ruled that the Michigan Legislature has the authority to pre-empt school districts from adopting gun bans. But the Legislature “has not done so here,” according to the majority opinion written by Justice Bridget McCormack, a Democrat-nominated jurist who called it a “straightforward” case. “The Legislature has, expressly, restricted some but not all local governments from regulating firearms,” she wrote. “Schools in particular are not on the preempted list, quite possibly for reasons not difficult to imagine.” McCormack added: “Of course, if the Legislature in its wisdom sees fit to allow open firearms on all school grounds, no matter what local school districts may variously desire, it can say so." Justices heard oral arguments over the gun bans in April amid a national debate over school safety and deadly shootings. The cases have broad implications for the ability of districts across the state to regulate firearms. Michigan Supreme Court Justice Bridget McCormack Ann Arbor and Clio district policies, previously upheld by a Michigan Court of Appeals panel, were designed to prevent owners from openly carrying guns on school grounds. State law prohibits concealed weapons in schools but does not expressly prohibit permit holders from openly carrying. Michigan Open Carry Inc. and Michigan Gun Owners Inc sued over the policies, arguing […]

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