Will Concealed Carry on Campus Be Allowed In Michigan Soon?
March 28, 2016
Concealed carriers may now enjoy the full right from the law. The Oakland Post reports that the Michigan Senate Judiciary Committee gave the green light for Senate Bills 442 and 561 which would no longer outright ban Open Carry but rather requires it be Concealed Carry. The Senate is yet to vote for the bill, but the early political indication is favoring it.
This is connected to other issues we followed on the ongoing legal battles between concealed and open carriers and Michigan. Recently the University of Michigan was sued by a resident of Ann Arbor for violation of his right to a concealed carry inside the university.
Here is a funny story of a professor at Oakland University who saw a gun on some guy’s waistline and ran blubbering to the authority. It turns out that the man was actually an off-duty policeman and was legally permitted to carry his gun. The police chief of the university ended up explaining to a university professor with a Ph.D. that is legal for the man to carry a gun. The professor probably went to tweet about it or post it on her Facebook status.
There is more. Oakland University can invoke some obscure ordinances that they can use to justify that an instructor can ,by whim, ask an armed student to leave because he or she was threatened. Kevin Grimm,a former president of American Association for University Professors, was quoted by the Oakland Post as saying, “the instructor has not only a right, but a responsibility to ensure a safe learning environment in his/her classroom.”
If the professor is a responsible concealed carrier he/she will probably feel non-threatened when he or she saw a concealed handgun on some off-duty policeman. It’s a good thing though that Michigan legislators appear to promote the bills that would curb the attempts to deprive students of their law-given right to a concealed carry. But like what’s going on in Texas, they always try to circumvent it.
Is it ordinary for academia to be surprisingly against gun owning? Or maybe just those people that actually think they can restrict other’s law given rights? What if we made a bunch of arbitrary rules stating they don’t get to practice their First Amendment rights to free speech? What would that look like? It would look barbaric and draconian, to say the least. But somehow, the people that are theoretically teaching the future are completely cool with squashing the Second Amendment for completely inane and arbitrary reasons.
We are for SB 442 and 561 to pass.