LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Capitol Commission met earlier on Monday to vote on a motion to ban the open carry of firearms in the State’s Capitol.
The six commissioners unanimously approved the motion in light of the events in Washington, D.C last week. The commission had been debating this motion for a while after a group of armed protestors stormed Lansing and government buildings in April.
In September of 2020 the motion failed to pass through the Capitol Commission by a 3-3 vote, however all six members were in approval during this meeting.
“No lawmaker, reporter, staff member, or anyone who works in the Michigan Capitol should fear for their safety at work,” said Governor Gretchen Whitmer in a statement. “But in the past year, we have seen a rapid rise in violent rhetoric and threats to public safety that require our immediate action.”
The commission’s decision will go into effect immediately, however pro-gun groups such as the NRA are expected to challenge the decision. The motion does not apply to those with a certified Concealed Pistol License.