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Local State Senator Hearing From Thousands Of Washtenaw County Residents On Gun Law Changes

Nov 9, 2017

Senator Rebekah Warren (D-Ann Arbor)
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The Michigan State Senate voted to allow those who obtain enhanced concealed pistol licenses to carry them in places that are normally considered no-gun zones, such as schools and churches.  The vote was 25-12.  89.1 WEMU’s Lisa Barry speaks with one of the Senators who voted no on the measure, Rebekah Warren.


Senator Warren explains which places were included as gun-free zones, where one can carry a concealed weapon now with a CPL license, 8 hours of additional training, and how the new law also closes the loophole which allowed for open-carrying in those places.

There is also now a new law, which also passed over Senator Warren’s no vote, that lowered the minimum age for obtaining a concealed weapon permit from 21 to 18.

Senator Warren also talks about the argument that one of the yes voters made about the “good guys with guns,” and why she believes that argument is not valid.  She uses the shooting incident at Wal-Mart to make her point.

Senator Warren also mentions that the law still has to go through the Michigan House and will have to go to Governor Snyder’s desk for approval.  Senator Warren points out that the Governor has vetoed similar legislation in the past, and that she hopes he will veto this one as well.

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— Lisa Barry is the host of All Things Considered on WEMU. You can contact Lisa at 734.487.3363, on Twitter @LisaWEMU, or email her at lbarryma@emich.edu