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Commission creates special committee on carrying in State Capitol

Debate over guns in legislature to continue next week
Posted at 1:02 PM, May 11, 2020

LANSING, Mich. — The commission that manages the State Capitol Building created a new special committee to look into how to handle the issue of guns inside Michigan's seat of power.

On Monday the State Capitol Commission voted to form a committee to investigate what different restrictions on weapons would look like.

The decision effectively extends the on-going debate on whether guns should be banned from the capitol.

Several lawmakers expressed safety concerns after armed protesters filled the Senate and House galleries during debate over the executive orders used to enact the stay at home orders.

Michigan's Attorney General Dana Nessel filed an official opinion Monday morning, saying the commission does have the power to ban guns in the state capitol building.

However, commission Vice-Chairman John Truscott last week claimed that the commission does not have that ability.