Commission will discuss guns at the Capitol

May 11, 2020

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   The Michigan State Capitol Commission will hold a meeting remotely Monday.

Credit bloomberg.com

One of the agenda items is a discussion on whether to ban firearms in the Capitol. It will be the commission’s first meeting since a protest that saw many demonstrators carry guns into the building at the same time the Legislature was meeting to make decisions on the state’s coronavirus response. Many Democrats say they felt threatened and called for a ban on the open carry of firearms in the building.

John Truscott is a Republican on the commission.

“It will certainly be an issue for discussion,” he says. “Personally, I don’t think there’s a reason to bring a loaded weapon into the building, but state law allows it. So, I’m obligated to follow state law.”

But Attorney General Dana Nessel, a Democrat, has advised the commission it can ban guns in the Capitol, and says she would defend a ban in court.