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Pro-Gun Groups Blast State Senate For Passing “No-Carry Zone” Exemption


Retired federal law enforcement officials would be able to carry concealed weapons in “no carry zones” under a bill approved Thursday by the state Senate.

The Michigan Public Radio Network’s Jake Neher reports.

“No carry zones” include places such as schools, day care centers, and sports arenas where concealed weapons are prohibited. Supporters say former federal agents face greater dangers than the general public. But many pro-gun groups oppose this and similar legislation.

Tom Lambert is with Michigan Open Carry.

“Usually in selling the bill, we hear testimony that amounts to these people’s lives matter more than everyone else,” he says.

Lambert wants “no carry zones” to be abolished altogether. A bill on the state House floor would create similar exemptions for corrections, probation and parole officers.

Jake Neher is a reporter for the Michigan Public Radio Network. He covers the State Legislature and other political events in Lansing.
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