Poll: Should People be Allowed to Openly Carry Weapons in Michigan?

A deadly shooting early Friday during a showing of "The Dark Knight Rises" at a Colorado movie theater has reignited debate about whether stricter gun laws can prevent such tragedies.

A deadly shooting early Friday during a showing of "The Dark Knight Rises" at a movie theater in Colorado has spurred debate about whether stricter gun laws could have prevented the tragedy.

Some gun rights advocates argue that had a member of the audience been carrying a weapon, they could have used it to stop the shooter; advocates of more stringent gun rules, however, say more weapons lead to more chaos and ensuring public safety should be left to law enforcement.

Adults are legally permitted to carry and conceal registered pistols and rifles under Michigan law and aren't required to show ID to police. Municipalities are not allowed to regulate the possession of firearms; but, according to state law MCL 750.234d, there are certain exceptions when firearms are not allowed. These include:

  • Churches
  • Courts
  • Theaters
  • Sports arenas
  • Day care centers
  • Hospitals
  • Establishments licensed under the Michigan Liquor Control Act

Should people be allowed to carry and conceal weapons in Michigan? Take our poll.

Thomas Gagne July 24, 2012 at 07:53 PM
There are differences between rights, privileges, and entitlements.
Jim Routhier July 31, 2012 at 06:14 PM
Having a gun in the house increases the chance of someone in the home being accidentally shot by the weapon. YOU educate yourself and see through the NRA hype.
Jim Routhier July 31, 2012 at 06:16 PM
Agreed. However many of them ( look at some of the comments here) have only had an 8-hour training course and now think they are ready to be Wyatt Earp.
canseeallsides July 31, 2012 at 06:35 PM
A right not exercised regularly and vigilantly may be taken away.
Thomas Gagne July 31, 2012 at 09:23 PM
Jim, having milk in the house increases the chances milk spilling. Having a pool in the backyard increases the chances of drowning. However, one resource you may find educational is the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy. Not too long ago they published an article titled, "WOULD BANNING FIREARMS REDUCE MURDER AND SUICIDE?" I found it an interesting read. Perhaps you will, too. http://www.law.harvard.edu/students/orgs/jlpp/Vol30_No2_KatesMauseronline.pdf


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