Bill expanding concealed-carry access passed by Michigan Legislature
Updated On: Dec 14 2012 07:18:26 PM EST
The Michigan Legislature has enacted a bill allowing people who undergo extra training to carry concealed weapons in places such as schools, churches, day care centers and sports stadiums where they previously were off-limits.
The Republican-controlled House approved the bill Friday after it cleared the Senate on Thursday. It now goes to Gov. Rick Snyder for his signature.
Snyder to hold off on signing bill
Snyder told Local 4 Friday in an interview that he wasn't rushing into signing it. He is planning on taking a week to review and finish language -- especially in the wake of the Connecticut school shooting.
"It will make me think even harder and stronger about reviewing this bill," he said.
Another provision would eliminate county concealed weapons licensing boards, with sheriffs taking over their duties.
Under the bill, people who concealed carry in gun-free zones would have to get enhanced training beyond basic requirements and spend additional time at the gun range. "Open carry" in those areas would be prohibited.
Decisions on licenses would have to be made within 45 days after an application is filed.
Opponents say the new law goes too far.
"It's scary to me, frankly. Because when I'm going to worship on Sunday, I'd like to have that worship service free from the tool or the weaponry that produces something that is antithetical to peace," said Sen. Bert Johnson.
Gun rights advocates would say that a person with expanded conceal carry privileges would have been able to stop that shooter and save lives.
Others argue looser laws will lead to more shootings.