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Capitol panel closes open-carry loophole

BY: - May 19, 2021

In January, after months of security concerns stemming from armed right-wing demonstrations at the Michigan Capitol, a small bipartisan panel voted to ban open carry of firearms in the historic building for the first time. That panel met again Monday to strengthen that rule, following an incident earlier this month that illuminated a loophole in […]

Capitol commissioner: Delay on gun ban is ‘potentially dangerous’

BY: - October 23, 2020

A small historic commission’s decision on whether to ban firearms from the currently unregulated Michigan state Capitol continues to face delays, nearly six months into its deliberations. Even after an elaborate domestic terrorist plot to kidnap and murder Gov. Gretchen Whitmer — and storm the state Capitol with hundreds of armed men — was derailed […]

Senate Dems debut bills to ban firearms from Capitol

BY: - September 30, 2020

State Sens. Rosemary Bayer (D-Beverly Hills) and Dayna Polehanki (D-Livonia) introduced a set of bills Tuesday that would ban all firearms — both open and concealed carry — from the Michigan State Capitol building, with the exceptions of state law enforcement and sergeants-at-arms. The Democrats proposed the legislation as an alternative to waiting on the […]

Capitol gun ban tabled again, Dem rep. says she has to ‘work in fear’

BY: - September 14, 2020

A six-member commission tasked with implementing — or not — the state Capitol’s firearms ban adjourned Monday without a plan of action for a new policy, but with a plan to meet with GOP legislative leadership before moving forward. Monday’s meeting was the first time the Michigan State Capitol Commission (MSCC) had met in two […]

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 […]

Another meeting, another delay on banning guns at the Capitol

BY: - May 30, 2020

Despite an opinion from Attorney General Dana Nessel earlier in May, the Michigan State Capitol Commission (MSCC) voted Friday to hire external legal counsel to decide whether the panel has the authority to ban firearms at the state Capitol. “The attorney general’s opinion notwithstanding, we felt that we needed to further clarify, really what kind […]

Nessel tells commission it can ban guns in state Capitol

BY: - May 8, 2020

Updated, 6:21 a.m. 5/9/20 Guns can be prohibited from Capitol grounds, according to Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel. Following the armed protest in the Capitol last week, Nessel wrote a letter to the Michigan State Capitol Commission, alerting them to its authority to prohibit firearms in the state Capitol. “The Capitol is a place for […]