LANSING — The House Committee on Military, Veterans and Homeland Security approved a package of bills today to weaken laws regulating firearms in Michigan. Together, the bills would eliminate the requirement that an individual must possess a Concealed Pistol License (CPL) to carry a concealed pistol in Michigan, and would allow firearms to be carried in banks, places of worship, courts, theaters, sports arenas, day care centers, hospitals, or establishments licensed under the Michigan Liquor Control Act. In response, state Rep. Mari Manoogian (D-Birmingham) issued the following statement:

“With the threat of gun violence growing throughout our country, we should be working to enhance our protections, not weaken them. I voted against these bills because there is absolutely no reason to allow firearms to be carried into day care centers, bars or hospitals. Furthermore, it is imperative that responsible gun owners be required to pass the mandated safety courses to carry a concealed weapon. These bills are dangerous, unnecessary and flat-out irresponsible.”