Michigan Supreme Court rules schools can ban visitors from carrying guns

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – The Michigan Supreme Court has given schools the right to ban visitors from bringing guns onto school property.

State law prohibits local governments from creating gun laws that are tougher than state law.

But in a 4-3 decision made on Friday, the Supreme Court justices said that law only applies to cities, counties, villages and townships but not school districts.

The decision was prompted by school districts in Ann Arbor and Clio which banned guns for everyone except law enforcement officers.

As far as how lawmakers and school officials feel about it? Well, it’s a toss-up.

Many would agree that guns in schools is a hot button issue so when the Michigan Supreme Court voted to allow schools to restrict people from carrying guns on to school property, people had a lot to say.

Including Lansing Public Schools Superintendent Yvonne Caamal Canul, who says she’s relieved by the decision.

“It’s been very difficult to try to juggle between the right to carry, the right to bear arms and knowing that there are people within our school communities that really aren’t very favorable towards people having guns in our schools,” said Caamal Canul.

Caamal Canul says she’s ready to enforce the policy to ban firearms throughout the school district mainly to protect her students.

“When they see someone coming into their school with a gun, they get very frightened and so it’s really going to help we think with their ability to be able to have a safe and nurturing learning environment,” Caamal Canul stated.

Democratic Senator Curtis Hertel agrees.

He sent 6 News a statement saying:

“I am excited that the Supreme Court made this decision to protect our children. As a parent and a local leader, I encourage all the schools in my district to follow through.”

But lawmakers on the other side of the aisle, including Republican Senator Rick Jones disagree.

“I understand why they ruled that way. People were very upset because we had some people open carrying in schools. I myself believe that we should only have concealed carry in those types of places where you have complete licensing,” said Jones.

Senator Jones also says he’s concerned that this decision could make schools more vulnerable when it comes to an attack.

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