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MI Supreme Court To Hear Guns In School Case


The Michigan Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether schools can legally ban guns. As we hear from Michigan Public Radio’s Rick Pluta, the lawsuits were filed by gun rights groups.  

Two gun rights groups are challenging firearm bans in Ann Arbor and Clio, but other school districts have similar policies.

Chris Wigent is with the Michigan Association of School Administrators. He says superintendents and principals have a responsibility to make sure students are safe and feel safe.

“We can’t educate them if they don’t feel safe.” Wigent says.

Tom Lambert of Michigan Open Carry says gun bans only affect people who follow the rules. His group is challenging school gun bans.

“All you’re doing is leaving me vulnerable, and, more importantly, leaving our kids vulnerable.” Says Lambert.

The Supreme Court will hear arguments and make a decision sometime next year.

Rick Pluta is Senior Capitol Correspondent for the Michigan Public Radio Network. He has been covering Michigan’s Capitol, government, and politics since 1987. His journalism background includes stints with UPI, The Elizabeth (NJ) Daily Journal, The (Pontiac, MI) Oakland Press, and WJR. He is also a lifelong public radio listener.
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