LANSING, Mich. (AP/WOOD) — The Michigan Legislature has enacted a bill allowing people who undergo extra training to carry concealed weapons in places such as schools and churches where they previously were off-limits.
The Republican-controlled House approved the bill Friday after it cleared the Senate on Thursday. It now goes to Gov. Rick Snyder for his signature.
Another provision would eliminate county concealed weapons licensing boards, with sheriffs taking over their duties.
Under the bill, people who concealed carry in gun-free zones would have to get enhanced training beyond basic requirements and spend additional time at the gun range. "Open carry" in those areas would be prohibited.
Decisions on licenses would have to be made within 45 days after an application is filed.
"It does impact it," he told the station. "You cannot have it not impact it. My thought and prayers go out to everyone in Connecticut."
The governor stopped short of saying he'd veto the bill, but said it does cause him to question whether allowing people to carry guns into schools is appropriate.
Others argue someone properly trained on how to handle a firearm could give potential victims a fighting chance.
"We can't look into a crystal ball and say, 'OK, this is an alternate universe,'" said Paul Ledford, an attorney and CCW instructor. "But you can certainly hope it would have (helped in the Connecticut situation.)"
24 Hour News 8's Joe LaFurgey contributed to this report.
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Michigan is governed as a republic, with three branches of government: executive, legislative and judicial. The state also allows direct participation of the electorate by initiative, referendum, recall, and ratification.