A gun show

Whitmer wants $5M in COVID relief plan for Capitol gun ban

BY: - January 21, 2021

A $5.6 billion COVID-19 recovery plan unveiled Tuesday by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer carves out $5 million to be put toward upgrading security at the Michigan State Capitol. The administration indicated it would send the formal request for a budget supplemental to lawmakers on Wednesday. The $5 million would go toward enforcing a weapons ban at […]

Commission enacts open carry ban at Capitol, GOP speaker contests panel’s authority

BY: - January 11, 2021

Less than an hour after the Michigan State Capitol Commission (MSCC) passed a long-awaited vote to ban open carry of firearms in the state Capitol, new House Speaker Jason Wentworth (R-Clare) broke his silence on the action by stating he does not believe the commission has the power to set Capitol policy. “The Speaker is […]

Advance investigation: Michigan joins just 2 other states without Capitol firearm regulations

BY: - January 11, 2021

Updated, 10:05 a.m., 1/11/21 A months-long investigation by the Advance has revealed that Michigan is one of only three states with virtually no firearm regulations or security measures in place for its state Capitol. The Advance contacted officials and agencies in all 50 states, plus Washington, D.C., to gather their most recent capitol building firearm […]

GOP leader backing Capitol open carry ban is ‘absolutely helpful,’ commission vice chair says

BY: - January 8, 2021

Updated, 5:26 p.m., 1/8/21 Michigan Democrats and gun control groups are once again calling on the Michigan State Capitol Commission (MSCC) to ban firearms at the Capitol, and now even state Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake) is backing one restriction.  Shirkey spokesperson Amber McCann said the Republican leader is supportive of a ban on […]

Republican says closing Capitol is ‘bad judgment,’ but Capitol panel VP says it’s not not a 1A issue

BY: - December 14, 2020

After Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake) said the Capitol and other legislative buildings will be closed Monday due to a “credible threat” during the presidential electors’ vote, he now says that closing the state building is an infringement on the First Amendment. Shirkey told Detroit News that he is disappointed in the decision to […]

Capitol building closed during Electoral College vote over threats, Detroit elector calls it ‘back to the future’

BY: - December 14, 2020

The state Capitol building, Anderson House Office Building and Binsfield Senate Office Building will be closed Monday as Michigan’s 16 electors are set to cast their votes for Democratic President-elect Joe Biden, due to “credible threats,” according to GOP officials. Lawmakers and staff have been advised to work at home. “The decision was not made […]

Nessel: Capitol officials stalling gun ban are ‘cowards’

BY: - October 29, 2020

Attorney General Dana Nessel has had a lot on her plate during the COVID-19 pandemic. Most recently, her office has been collaborating with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Michigan State Police to thwart an elaborate kidnapping and murder plot against Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and other state officials. The anti-government extremists, many of […]

Judge: Agency will evaluate Line 5 tunnel plan, but not environmental impacts

BY: - October 26, 2020

Despite Canadian oil company Enbridge’s argument against it, a small Michigan regulatory panel will be one of three entities charged with granting or denying its plans for a $500 million tunnel-encased oil pipeline under the Straits of Mackinac. But in a simultaneous win for Enbridge, Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) administrative law judge Dennis Mack […]

Capitol Commission member hopes news of thwarted Whitmer murder plot will spur action on gun ban

BY: - October 9, 2020

Updated, 4:33 pm., 10/9/20 with comment from Chatfield’s office The small historic commission charged with whether and how to prohibit firearms from the Michigan Capitol is waiting at least another month to proceed, a Michigan State Capitol Commission (MSCC) member told the Advance Friday. The next MSCC general meeting had been scheduled for Monday, but […]

Panel needs more time to consider Capitol firearm ban

BY: - August 12, 2020

Updated, 11:35 a.m., 8/18/20 Those holding their breath for the Michigan State Capitol Commission (MSCC) to take action on banning firearms at the state Capitol will have to wait a little longer, as Monday’s general meeting for the panel was again postponed as two members continue to gather information about possible courses of action. “I […]