Sen. Stamas supports balanced CPL reforms

Sen. Jim Stamas

Sen. Jim Stamas

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Jim Stamas on Wednesday supported legislation to protect the Second Amendment rights of Michigan residents while also prohibiting people from open-carrying guns into gun-free zones.

“This is about securing our schools and also honoring the constitutional rights of people to protect themselves,” said Stamas, R-Midland. “With these reforms, classrooms will no longer see disruptions caused by those choosing to legally open-carry a weapon. Most importantly, for CPL holders to be able to carry a concealed weapon in a school, they would need to have completed additional training to earn an enhanced license.”

Concealed pistol license (CPL) holders in Michigan can currently open-carry a firearm into weapons-free zones, such as schools, churches and public sports arenas.

Senate Bills 584-586 would prohibit CPL holders from open-carrying firearms into gun-free zones, but allow enhanced CPL holders with additional training to carry a concealed weapon instead.

“I am a strong supporter of our Constitution and the rights it guarantees in the Second Amendment for law-abiding Americans,” Stamas said. “I am also committed to protecting our students and families. This reform does that by closing the current open-carry loophole and helping ensure that our schools are not interrupted by the sight of a gun.”

Stamas said that private property owners could determine for themselves whether to allow weapons on their property and local school districts could prohibit their employees and students from carrying guns into their schools.

“I would like to thank those who reached out to me to share their thoughts, support and concerns on this legislation,” Stamas said. “I would especially like to thank ‘Moms Demand Action’ for their thoughtful discussion.”

SBs 584-586 now head to the House of Representatives for consideration.