Senators Bayer, Polehanki Introduce Bills to Prohibit Guns in State Capitol

LANSING, Mich. — Today, Sens. Rosemary Bayer (D-Beverly Hills) and Dayna Polehanki (D-Livonia) introduced legislation to prohibit both open and concealed carry of firearms inside the Michigan State Capitol Building, except for Michigan State Police officers and Sergeants-at-Arms.

“The only reason most people bring firearms into the Capitol is to intimidate and that is not how the state’s Capitol — the people’s house — is designed to work, nor should it continue to be permissible,” Sen. Bayer said. “These bills do not impede on responsible gun owners from exercising their rights outside on the Capitol lawn, but rather would ensure the Capitol building remains a safe and respectful working environment inside for all legislators, staff, and visitors.”

The legislation comes on the heels of the Michigan Capitol Commission’s continued refusal to prohibit guns on Capitol groundsafter months of meetings, powerful testimony, and gathering expert, legal opinions on the matter.

“Earlier this year, I took a photo of armed men in the gallery above us that made international news, and people from all over the world wrote to me expressing their concern,” Sen. Polehanki said. “We should not normalize what happened that day. I, and many others, feared for our lives and our voices. In the absence of any action at all from the Capitol Commission, we are offering this legislation to do what they continue to drag their feet on: Protect the people who come and go from the Capitol Building before something truly terrible, and tragic, happens.”

Firearms have long been allowed in Michigan’s State Capitol but are not allowed in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., and many other state Capitol buildings around the country.

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