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House Democrats call to ban firearms inside Capitol building

House Democrats call to ban firearms inside Capitol building
Posted at 4:06 PM, May 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-08 16:06:24-04

The Michigan House Democratic Caucus is requesting the state to ban firearms in the Capitol Building.

Democrats sent a letter to the Michigan State Capitol Commission asking them for "the immediate reversal of its long-standing policy that allows firearms within the statehouse."

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The Capitol Commission operates and manages the building.

It comes a week after people armed with assault rifles protested inside the Capitol outside of the House and Senate gallery.

“Prohibiting firearms within the Michigan State Capitol does not infringe on the constitutional right to bear arms,” said State Rep. and Democratic Caucus Chair Sarah Anthony (D-Lansing). “We must safeguard Michiganders’ constitutionally protected rights to speak, assemble and petition the government and protect legislators, staff and the general public from armed intimidation.”

Several states restrict or prohibit firearms in state capitols and public buildings, including Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, Louisiana, Nevada, South Carolina, South Dakota, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. Firearms are also prohibited in the U.S. Capitol and in many Michigan state government buildings.

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