Bills would eliminate concealed-carry regulations

By LAURA BOHANNON
Capital News Service
LANSING — Some lawmakers are working to remove the licensing requirement for concealed pistol carriers. Rep. Triston Cole, R-Mancelona, has introduced bills to eliminate concealed pistol license, or CPL, laws. Cole said he doesn’t want to make it easier to obtain a gun or loosen those regulations, but he wants to ensure that “law-abiding citizens” don’t need to jump through hoops to carry a concealed pistol for self-defense. “The idea is to promote constitutional freedom,” Cole said. Cole also argues that current law can create “inadvertent criminals.”
“I have a CPL, my wife does not.

Bill seeks to reduce penalty of expired concealed pistol license

By LAURA BOHANNON
Capital News Service
LANSING — People with concealed pistols could avoid felony charges for expired licenses under a bill introduced by Rep. Shane Hernandez, R-Port Huron. Under current law, anyone with an expired concealed pistol license who still carries his or her concealed weapon could be charged with a felony, even if it’s only been a few days since the license expired, Hernandez said. Hernandez said he was inspired to introduce the bill after hearing about a staffer’s friend who faced such a charge because of a recently expired icense during a routine traffic stop. The bill would reduce that felony to a civil misdemeanor with a $330 fine if someone’s license has been expired for six months or less. Hernandez also said offenders could get out of paying the fine if they’re able to prove they renewed their license within 60 days of the violation.

Gun sales for 2016 to topple previous year’s record

American gun company shares are down, but gun sales are up amidst election scares and Black Friday sales. After Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election, popular handgun manufacturer Smith & Wesson saw a 25 percent decrease in their share price in just two days. Similarly, .22 caliber firearm giant, Ruger fell from from a high of $64.40 a share to just $47.50 a share in the same amount of time. This plunge was the result of the end of a period of pre-election uncertainty.  

Market instability is common for unpredictable presidential election years.

“Weapon-free School Zone” exists around DeWitt Public Schools

by Laina Stebbins
Bath-DeWitt Connection Staff Reporter

DEWITT — At a time in American society when gun violence has become familiar news and mass shootings dominate the media circuit, many communities across the United States have changed their gun safety policies to better respond to a possible threat. In DeWitt, it’s mean no guns in schools. In the Administrative Guidelines for DeWitt Public Schools, it is stated that “The Board of Education prohibits professional staff members from possessing, storing, making, or using a weapon in any setting that is under the control and supervision of the District for the purpose of school activities approved and authorized by the District.”

Adopted by the Board in February, this policy provides just a few exceptions for this ban, including weapons under the control of law enforcement. Bruce Ferguson, police chief for the City of DeWitt, sees a need for these gun-free zones. Even more so, Ferguson sees a need for preventative measures and education to stop violence before it starts.

Gun crimes dipping in Michigan

By Andrew Merkle
Ingham County Chronicle Staff Reporter

Guns have a negative connotation for many Americans these days. Most news reports Americans see about guns describe the most recent mass shooting on United States soil or terror attack overseas. These stories can create the perception that gun crimes are on the rise, and sometimes the media is blamed for stirring the pot. In Michigan, however, gun crime is not on the rise. In fact, gun crimes have dipped in the past decade.

Bills would allow concealed guns without permits

By JASON KRAFT
Capital News Service
LANSING – Michigan residents could carry concealed handguns without a permit under a recently proposed package of four bills. After previously failed attempts to pass similar legislation, the lawmakers “started from scratch and proposed what we believe is the best language,” said co-sponsor Rep. Gary Glenn, R-Larkin Township. More so now than any time in recent history, people face a threat to personal and public safety, Glenn said. “The more law-abiding citizens who are armed and able to defend themselves and those around them, the better,” Glenn said. Others disagree.

Gun sales booming as regulations increase

By JOSHUA BENDER
Capital News Service
LANSING – Statewide some retailers see a substantial spike in sales of guns and ammo resulting from recent executive orders handed down by the Obama Administration. The orders primarily affect online gun sellers and people conducting sales at gun shows, further regulating these sales and attempting to limit firearms sold without a background check of the purchaser, according to a White House press release. “We have seen an uptick in gun sales, we are running into shortages at the distributor level for product,” said Brian Harrison, manager of Leitz Sports Center in Sault Ste. Marie. “Typically we wouldn’t be as busy this time of year as we are.

DeWitt Public Schools approve new gun restrictions

By Connor Clark
Bath-DeWitt Connection Staff Reporter

DeWitt Public School’s Board of Education unanimously approved a new gun policy that bans administrators from carrying a firearm on school grounds. “Right now we have a policy for students and faculty, but not administrators,” board member Sarah Hartman said. Superintendent of Dewitt Public Schools, Dr. John Deiter believes that guns in school provide a false sense of security and may cause more problems than solve. “Administrators haven’t had the same level of training of police personnel,” Deiter said. “Lock it down… how do you expect to confront an armed subject for something you are not trained to do, and win?” City of DeWitt Police Chief Bruce Ferguson said.

Which comes first: safety or an armed populace?

By Skyler Ashley
Bath-DeWitt Connection staff reporter

DEWITT — Upon entering DeWitt, one the first things you can find is the Clark Corners, a shopping plaza not too far from downtown. While it appears mostly barren, one store definitely grabs attention and that is Capital Area Tactical. Upon meeting the staff there was a sense of community to be felt. The staff felt strongly in their support of guns, so it raised the question: what exactly is the current gun climate like in DeWitt? While Americans debates gun crime on a national scale, how is DeWitt affected? Is it lowering crime or causing it?

Ann Arbor gun-control resolution sparks discussion in Meridian Township

By Lauren N. Shields
The Meridian Times

The first time Nick Johnston shot a gun was when he was 3 years old. By the age of 12, Johnston started to learn how to take guns apart and put them back together. At age 16, he was able to start making guns for himself. Johnston, now 24, has his concealed pistol license (CPL) and is the vice president of his grandfather’s company, Ultimate Firearms in Okemos. Following in his grandfather’s footsteps, he is also the owner of Johnston Firearms in Okemos as well as an Alaskan hunting guide.