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Lawmaker introduces bill to allow signs in Capitol on Open Carry Day

sign at the state capitol
Cheyna Roth
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Michigan Radio

A democratic state lawmaker wants the state Capitol to reverse its ban on signs.

The Capitol currently prohibits protestors and other people from bringing signs into the building.

“I just think that is an absolute limit, and unnecessary limit on somebody’s free right to express themselves in this building,” said bill sponsor, Democratic Senator Jeremy Moss.

Moss said the state’s priorities are backwards. That’s because people can openly carry firearms into the state Capitol on a daily basis, but not signs.

“Retailers across the country have said open carry doesn’t make an environment any safer, but in this Capitol, we’re saying poster board doesn’t make our state Capitol any safer,” said Moss.

In the wake of mass shootings last month, some retailers are asking their customers to not openly carry firearms in its stores. Those include Walmart, Kroger and Meijer.

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