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Lawmakers examine relaxing concealed gun law

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Some state lawmakers are looking to relax Michigan’s rules on carrying concealed pistols.

       The legislation would make Michigan’s concealed gun laws a lot more like the open-carry firearm rules.  Open carry in Michigan does not require a license.

       Republican state Representative Beau LaFave says right now, it’s too easy for well-intentioned gun owners to run afoul of the law.

Linda Brundage is with the Michigan Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence. She says the availability of guns – concealed or not – makes it more likely shots will be fired, and people hurt or killed. Her group says the law should remain as it is. Governor Gretchen Whitmer, a Democrat, is also on the record opposing the legislation.

Rick Pluta is the Capitol Bureau Chief for the Michigan Public Radio Network. He is heard daily on WCMU's Morning Edition and All Things Considered.