Traverse City Record-Eagle

Michigan

November 13, 2013

House OKs prosecutors carrying in gun-free zones

LANSING (AP) — The Michigan House has voted to let prosecutors, corrections officers and certain retired law enforcement officers carry concealed weapons in gun-free zones.

Supporters say legislation approved Tuesday and headed to the Senate is needed because the individuals have a greater risk of being harmed by people seeking retribution.

Under existing law, those with concealed weapons permits may openly carry guns in schools, hospitals, sports arenas and other gun-free zones. But it’s illegal to carry concealed weapons in those places.

The bills would authorize current and former county prosecutors, county jail guards, active or retired state corrections officers, retired federal law enforcement officers, and retired probation and parole officers to conceal carry in gun-free zones.

Current or former military personnel would be exempted from firing range training required to obtain permits.

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