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Michigan Lawmakers Continue To Debate How To Keep Children Safe In Schools

Feb 28, 2018

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Ideas are floating around Lansing about how to make the state’s schools safer from gun violence.  There are several proposals in the works.

One idea from Republicans would let teachers and school staff have access to firearms in emergencies.  The teacher would have to have special training, and the weapons would be stored in a secure location. 

Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof says he might be on board with this type of plan.

“At this point, we could use any volunteers that would want to protect our kids as long as they are trained to a certain level.”

Meekhof says he’s open to another plan Democrats have been trying to push through since June.  It would let family members and law enforcement petition a court to take away firearms from people who pose a risk to themselves or others. 

Meekhof says he’s concerned about due process issues and would want to look carefully at such a bill.

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—Cheyna Roth is a reporter for the Michigan Public Radio network.  Contact WEMU News at 734.487.3363 or email us at studio@wemu.org