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Mich. House votes to ditch concealed carry permits

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The Lansing library system says Michigan's open-carry of weapons law does not apply to its facilities.

The state House passed controversial gun legislation today to get rid of the permit necessary to carry a concealed weapon.

Advocates say you already don’t need a permit to open carry.

 

“All these bills really do is eliminate a five-year felony from those people who are already carrying their firearm lawfully and put on a coat," said Dean Greenblatt, an attorney for Michigan Open Carry. 

 

But opponents, like state Rep. Jewell Jones, D-Inkster, say opening up gun laws is dangerous. Jones said it is especially harmful to people of color, and people should have the right to live without fear of gun violence. He said on the House floor: 

“As a young black man who has to read articles in the newspaper and have to see clips on social media and hear interviews on the radio about senseless gun deaths that happen in neighborhoods like mine and yours, near and far across our state, my question is: Why does one right take priority over another?”

 

While the bills mainly passed on party lines, some Republicans did cross over and vote against the bills.

 

HB 4416 HB 4417HB 4418, and HB 4419 are now on their way to the Senate.

Before becoming the newest Capitol reporter for the Michigan Public Radio Network, Cheyna Roth was an attorney. She spent her days fighting it out in court as an assistant prosecuting attorney for Ionia County. Eventually, Cheyna took her investigative and interview skills and moved on to journalism. She got her masters at Michigan State University and was a documentary filmmaker, podcaster, and freelance writer before finding her home with NPR. Very soon after joining MPRN, Cheyna started covering the 2016 presidential election, chasing after Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and all their surrogates as they duked it out for Michigan. Cheyna also focuses on the Legislature and criminal justice issues for MPRN. Cheyna is obsessively curious, a passionate storyteller, and an occasional backpacker. Follow her on Twitter at @Cheyna_R