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OK, now open carry is really banned at the Michigan Capitol

May 17, 2021, 11:33 AM

Lansing rally at capitol in April 2020

It took an additional five months, but the Michigan Capitol Commission finally prohibits openly carrying guns at the legislative building in Lansing after preliminary steps early this year.

From The Detroit News:

The Michigan Capitol Commission on Monday voted unanimously to close what its members consider a loophole in the Capitol's months-old open carry ban to ensure that people with concealed pistol licenses can only be carried concealed.

The initial wording of the policy approved in January was meant to retain allowances for those with the licenses to carry concealed, but opaque wording left a loophole for them also to carry openly. The commission learned of the loophole in April after a man entered the Capitol with a holstered handgun visible on his right hip and explained the exemption to Michigan State Police.

The belated ban follows the deadly Jan. 6 storming of the U.S. Capitol. The commission failed to take prompt action after men armed with rifles entered the Michigan Capitol in April 2020, intimidating some lawmakers.

Read more:  The Detroit News

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