Dr. John Lott to testify on Green’s pistol-free zone reform

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Sen. Mike Green

Sen. Mike Green

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Mike Green announced Friday that famed economist, political commentator and gun rights advocate, Dr. John Lott, will be testifying in support of Senate Bill 442, Green’s legislation creating a general exemption for concealed pistol licenses (CPL) holders in pistol-free zones (PFZ).

Who:

Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville;

Dr. John Lott.

What:

Lott will testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on SB 442, a new measure that would allow CPL holders to carry concealed in pistol-free zones and eliminate the ability to openly carry in those areas.

When:

Tuesday, Oct. 13 at 3 p.m.

Where:

Room 110, Farnum Building

125 W. Allegan St.

Lansing, MI 48933

Brief:

SB 442 addresses the issue of open-carrying a firearm in pistol-free zones. Pistol-free zones in Michigan are schools, daycares, bars, hospitals, college dorms or classrooms, casinos, religious facilities or entertainment venues that seat more than 2,500 people.

The issue that has been generating a large amount of attention is that if an individual has a valid CPL, current statute does not prohibit open carry by those individuals in the restricted areas.

Green’s legislation would allow those who have a valid CPL to conceal carry in pistol-free zones instead of compelling them to openly carry in an effort to maintain their right of citizens to defend themselves, while also taking into consideration the sensitivities that exist in those areas.

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