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MI Supreme Court To Hear Guns-In-Schools Case

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The Michigan Supreme Court will hear arguments next month in a case that pits school districts against advocates who say people should be allowed to carry firearms in schools. We have more from Capital Bureau Chief Rick Pluta.

Gun rights groups are suing the Ann Arbor and Clio school districts. They say state law preempts the districts’ right to ban guns on school property.

The law says local governments cannot adopt their own firearms ordinances. But the school districts say the law doesn’t apply to them. Schools boards and administrators say they have the right and responsibility to set policies to ensure order and safety on campus.

This is separate from the controversy over a loophole in state law that says people with concealed pistol licenses can openly carry firearms into schools.

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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