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Legislation Seeks to Ban Guns in the Capitol

May 15, 2020

Two bills were introduced this week that would ban firearms from the Michigan State Capitol Building. Introduced by Representative Julie Brixie (D-Meridian Township) and Representative Tyrone Carter (D-Detroit), the proposal would ban both open and concealed-carry. The legislation follows the Michigan State Capitol Commission’s meeting on Monday, where they postponed making a decision to reverse their longstanding policy allowing firearms within the statehouse. The commission believes that changes to the policy need legislative action, however, Attorney General Dana Nessel issued a recent opinion stating they have the authority to ban guns in the Capitol. Numerous other states restrict or prohibit firearms in state Capitol and public buildings, including Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, Louisiana, Nevada, South Carolina, South Dakota, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. Firearms are also prohibited in the U.S. Capitol and in many Michigan state government buildings.

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