Under Fire: Lawmakers look at ending concealed pistol licensing

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The list of places where a licensed concealed pistol can’t be taken in Michigan includes schools, courtrooms, arenas, child care centers, taverns where alcohol is the main business, churches, entertainment facilities with seating of 2,500 or more, hospitals, college dormitories or classrooms, and casinos.

Not on the list of prohibited places to carry a concealed pistol is the House and Senate chambers at the state Capitol in Lansing.

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“I know of a lot of people that carry guns in the chambers,” said state Sen. Mike Kowall, a White Lake Township Republican. “People wander in and out of the building carrying guns. Once in a while, I will carry in the chamber.”

State lawmakers are looking at legislation to do away with the licensing of concealed pistols, though the list of places that are concealed pistol-free zones would remain in place.

If the legislation eventually becomes law, concealed pistol licenses wouldn’t be required of Kowall and his political colleagues – or anyone else visiting the Capitol Building.

Kowall doesn’t know how many lawmakers have concealed pistol licenses, but numbers from the Michigan State Police and the FBI indicate the number of people in the state with concealed pistol licenses are up more than 40 percent in the last decade.

The legislation has passed the state House and is pending in the Senate Government Operations Committee, of which Kowall is a member.

Getting rid of concealed pistol licenses and allowing owners to carry their guns with them is also called Constitutional Carry. Michigan would join 12 other states that allow concealed weapons without a permit.

State Rep. Jim Runestad, a cosponsor of the legislation, said pistol purchasers would still have to go through an FBI background check, even though they wouldn’t be required to have a concealed pistol license.

Under Fire: Lawmakers look at ending concealed pistol licensing

The list of places where a licensed concealed pistol can’t be taken in Michigan includes schools, courtrooms, arenas, child care centers, taverns where alcohol is the main business, churches, entertainment

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