Michigan Supreme Court Issues Ruling On Carrying Guns In Schools
By Micah Rate
The Michigan Supreme Court issued a ruling on Friday concerning the issue of open carry on school campuses. In a 4-3 decision, the court determined school districts have the right to form new policies denying Michiganders with a concealed-carry license the ability to open carry on school grounds.
The plaintiffs in the case, those who support open carry in schools, argued Michigan state law preempts school districts from establishing such a policy.
However, Michigan’s Supreme Court ruled that, because state law specifically states what constitutes a “local unit of government,” entities not on the preemption list, like school districts, can create their own rules.
In April, Fox News reported this case stemmed from a 2015 incident where a parent brought a gun to a school function, scaring parents, staff, and others in attendance. The situation resulted in school districts banning people from openly carrying firearms on campus, though it did make an exception for law enforcement officers. As Fox News mentioned in its piece, Michigan law prohibits individuals from carrying a firearm in established gun-free zones unless it’s “openly holstered.”
Source:: Bearing Arms