2013-10-31 / Front Page

MAS gun resolution, explained

Districts look to update outdated weapons law

MANISTIQUE – As the Manistique Area Schools Board of Education and other districts under the Michigan Association of School Boards are looking to change one of the state’s weapons laws, here is a closer look into the process.

Recently, the MAS board voted to support MASB’s stance on one particular law – MCL750.234d, part of Act 328 of 1931 – and passed a resolution to do just that. In the resolution, the board points out that while a current law – MCL28.425o, part of Act 372 of 1927 – stipulates that “an individual licensed under this act to carry a concealed pistol … shall not carry a concealed pistol on the premises of … a school or school property” the other law contradicts this regulation.

In the MCL750.234d, it states, “a person shall not possess a firearm on the premises of any of the following: a depository financial institution … a church … a court, a theatre, a sports arena, a day care center, a hospital, an establishment licensed under the Michigan liquor control act”. This particular law does not include schools or school property.

In an effort to close any potential loophole and “provide a safe environment for students and staff”, the MAS board passed the resolution supporting the addition of schools to the list of entities at which a person may not possess a firearm.

MCL750.234d does include a subsection, stating the law does not apply to a person who owns, or is employed by or contracted by, an entity to provide security services for that entity, a peace officer, a person licensed by this state or another state to carry a concealed weapon and a person who possesses a firearm on the premises of an entity if that possession is with the permission of the owner or an agent of the owner of that entity.

While the addition of schools or school property would be subject to this subsection, MCL28.425o, covers licensed concealed weapons carriers, stating, “an individual licensed under this act to carry a concealed pistol … shall not carry a concealed pistol on the premises of … a school or school property.”

Those licensed concealed weapons carriers may still carry their weapons while in a vehicle on school property, if she or he is dropping the student off or picking the child up from school.

The resolution passed by the MAS Board will be forwarded to state lawmakers, as well as the governor. Action on the issue has yet to be taken up by the legislature.

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