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Lawmaker Gets Letter From Leader, Removes ‘Gun-Free’ Sign

Reginald Hardwick

A Democratic Michigan lawmaker has removed a sign proclaiming her office to be “gun-free” after the House speaker wrote to her to do so.

The Detroit News reports that Rep. Kara Hope of Holt originally placed the sign on the door last month on 2nd Amendment Day, when gun rights activists gathered at the Capitol.

Hope was told to remove the sign but she would only consider it if she received something in writing from Speaker Lee Chatfield.

Chatfield says in the letter that arrived Wednesday prohibiting visitors with firearms was unauthorized. Michigan law allows concealed weapons to be banned from certain places but not government buildings.

Chatfield inadvertently carried a loaded, unregistered handgun into a Michigan airport last year. He apologized and paid fines.

Hope says she doesn’t share what she calls Chatfield’s “casual, even careless attitude toward guns.”

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