Concealed carry legislation moves before full Senate

(AREA) — The Senate Committee on Judiciary on Tuesday approved legislation that would allow individuals holding a valid Concealed Pistol License to carry in pistol free zones. Senate Bill 442, sponsored by State Senator Mike Green of Mayville, passed with a 4-1 vote. According to Green, CPL holders in Michigan are prohibited from carrying a concealed handgun, but may carry openly in daycares, bars, hospitals, college dorms or classrooms, casinos, religious facilities or entertainment venues that seat more than 2,500 people. He added that the issue isn’t guns in schools, it’s how CPL holders are able to carry them. The legislation up for consideration would allow those with a valid CPL to carry in pistol free zones instead of compelling them to open-carry. The bill now goes before the full Senate for consideration.