October 18, 2013

State corrections officers, prosecuting attorneys and certain federal law enforcement officers could be added to the list of people who are allowed to carry concealed guns in the state’s weapons-free zones.

The changes are part of a package of bills being considered by lawmakers in the state House. But an outspoken supporter of gun rights said he’d prefer to eliminate the state’s weapons-free zones rather than create “more special state privileges” for “special state actors.”

Michigan law prohibits carrying concealed firearms in certain locations, such as schools, day care centers, sports arenas and stadiums, bars, entertainment facilities, college dorms, casinos, hospitals and places of worship. However, 10 categories of law enforcement-type officials are exempt from that law, such as county corrections officers, sheriff’s deputies, police officers and judges.

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