UNDATED (WTVB) - The State Senate Thursday gave a thumbs up to bill allowing concealed weapons to be carried in schools, churches, bars, daycares, college dorms, hospitals and stadiums. The measure next goes to the House for its consideration in the final weeks of the 2011-12 legislative session.
Under the bill sponsored by Republican Mike Green of Mayville, someone with a concealed pistol license (CPL) could be allowed to carry a concealed pistol in no-carry zones if they complete an additional course.
The training time for a basic CPL would be strengthened to include more firing time, according to a Senate GOP analysis. The review time for a renewal license also would be strengthened. Green said this means Michigan will have the "best-trained gun owners in the nation," as "only good, trained individuals would be able to carry in gun-free zones."
A licensee currently can carry openly in zones for hospitals, schools, etc. The bill will prohibit open carry in zones, but permit concealed carry for those who get the additional training. An EPIC-MRA poll showed 72 percent oppose the original legislation. The bill also would eliminate county concealed weapon licensing boards and transfer their duties and functions to county sheriffs.