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Legislative
Update
Hello!
Date: Feb 12, 2015
Throwing transparency to the wind, Senator Rick Jones snuck SB 53 out of committee on Tuesday at 3:00 PM to where it will now move to the Senate Floor. Senate Bill 53 is another "super citizen" bill that exempts retired Federal Law Enforcement Officers from Pistol Free Zones.

This bill was originally heard on February 3rd where it received only opposition. On February 10th the bill was voted out of committee despite the notice for that meeting containing no indication that SB 53 would be on the agenda.

Furthermore, Tom Lambert (MOC’s Vice-President) met with Senator Jones at 2:00 PM on the same day as the vote.  At that meeting, Senator Jones told Tom that SB 53 would come up again at some point in the future.  He didn't bother to mention to Tom that that point in the future would be roughly an hour away! Tom offered a compromise which would have made SB 53 benefit everyone. The compromise was to repeal a PFZ of Senator Jones' choosing while exempting the group Senator Jones is seeking to exempt, in exchange for strong support from MOC. The compromise was declined.

Why is Senator Jones secretly moving a strongly opposed bill like Senate Bill 53? Especially when no one showed up to testify in support of it?

There are benefits to having your own bill in your own committee.  High School Government class taught us that committee chairmen get to be little dictators, we can see that's exactly what Jones is.

Adding new state level exemptions for a select few has never paved the way to more 2nd Amendment freedom anywhere in the country. It hasn't worked in California, New Jersey, New York, and it hasn't worked in Michigan either. It’s ironic that the State Police in 2000 demanded the pistol free zone list, but then a couple of years later their lobbyist came running back asking for an exemption. Over the years, more groups of people that opposed shall-issue and supported pistol free zones came running back in over and over to ask for a special exemption from their own creation.

After all, gun laws are for you... not them!

We would like to see progress towards the repeal of ALL Pistol Free Zones. To date, there has been no such progress. All we hear are empty promises and sorry excuses from the Governor after he consults with anti-gun players like former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg and other gun control antagonizers with old, cheap, and factually incorrect anti-gun talking points.  By the way, let’s not forget that Snyder accepted millions of dollars of Bloomberg’s money to his reelection campaign.

If the Senate Judiciary committee had half of the enthusiasm for general 2nd Amendment bills that they do for passing secret special exemptions for other select few, imagine the progress we would see on restoring the 2nd Amendment in Michigan.
 

YOUR IMMEDIATE ACTION'S NEEDED!


Please contact your senator today and let them know that you would like them to vote no unless they amend SB 53 to include the repeal of at least one pistol free zone for all the rest of the little people. If you do not know who your senator is or how to contact them, please use this link.

Step 1: Identify your Senator
Step 2. Call your Senator and ask them to Oppose SB 53.  If you’re not sure what to say, here’s a suggestion…

Hello, my name is ______. I live in the Senator's district and I am opposed Senate Bill 53, unless the bill repeals at least one pistol free zone for everyone. Pistol Free Zones are not good policy and they violate our rights. Over the years, more and more special people get added to the list of pistol free zone exemptions and I would like a repeal for all CPL holders; however, if that is not possible right now then for this bill and for every future bill that adds a new exempt groups, I would ask that one of the zones gets repealed for everyone. If this isn’t possible, then please vote no on the bill.

Jared Coyne
Legislative Assistant
Michigan Open Carry, Inc.
JCoyne@miopencarry.org

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