Current State #65 | April 12, 2013

Apr 12, 2013

 Today on Current State: national organization for stricter gun laws; Public Poetry Announcement; and Capitol City Film Festival on it's third year in Lansing.

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This week the U.S. Senate voted to move forward on gun control legislation. The move is historic. It’s been 20 years since any major changes have been made to our nation's gun laws.

Ever since the Sandy Hook shootings in December, gun control has moved to the forefront of conversation in the United States. This weekend in Lansing there will be a rally held at the capitol organized by Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America

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A state lawmaker says Michigan should no longer let people openly carry guns into schools.

On December 15, the day after the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary, a stay-at-home mom in suburban Indianapolis founded One Million Moms for Gun Control.

Now called Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in AmericaShannon Watts’ initial Facebook page has transformed into more than 80 chapters and hundreds of thousands of members nationwide. Their goal is to become the MADD equivalent for gun violence while advocating for “sensible” gun regulations.

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A bill meant to streamline the permitting process for handguns is set to become state law. 

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Governor Rick Snyder has vetoed legislation that would have allowed people with concealed pistol permits to carry their guns in school buildings. 

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One of the final actions of the lame duck state Legislature was to adopt bills that would allow concealed guns in public schools and other places that are “no carry” zones.

Eight Michigan mayors are urging the state Legislature to reject a measure that would make it easier for people to buy handguns.