East Lansing, Mich. – In light of the 317 mass shootings this year, the Michigan Senate approved a bill that would allow Concealed Pistol Licensers to carry in traditionally gun-free zones such as churches or schools.
If passed in the Michigan House of Representatives, those with CPLs could undergo eight additional hours of training to receive the certification allowing them to carry in the zones.
East Lansing residents are split on the issue.
“I can understand why the lawmakers are saying that they want to put that bill out there. If you were going to be an active shooter where would you go? You’d go to the places that are labeled gun free zones because there is no threat to you, you’re the only one with a gun in the joint,” says Connor Sullivan, Reserved Officer’s Training Corp MSU senior.
While Sullivan supports the bill, MSU Criminal Justice senior Angie Stojanoska does not.
“It’s not always the right thing to just shoot the attacker or whatever it is. You don’t know what is going on – from a criminal justice perspective from a psychological perspective.”
But how do you get a Concealed Pistol License in the first place? Michigan State’s Demmer Center for Shooting Education’s Al Vansteenksiste explains.
“We usually put them through a basic pistol safety class which is eight hours long. Then, after they have completed that class, they go onto the Concealed Pistol License Class which is the Personal Protection in the Home Class. Then after that, we bring them out to the range and we will have them shoot up to 100 rounds.”
The bill will come to the House floor in the next few weeks.