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State senators re-introduce bills to ban guns in Capitol building

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Two Democratic state senators have re-introduced bills that would ban all firearms in the State Capitol Building.

This comes in the wake of armed individuals storming the Michigan Capitol last April and the U-S Capitol last week.

The bills would exempt law enforcement and Capitol security from the ban.

The Michigan State Capitol Commission voted earlier this week to prohibit only the open carrying of guns. There are exceptions for law enforcement and people with concealed pistol licenses.

Senator Dayna Polehanki co-sponsored the bills.

Banning open carry only creates a false sense of security, an illusion that 'hey, you're safe here.' But when in fact guns are still welcome in the Michigan Capitol as long as we don't see them.

A spokesperson for Republican Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey says he supports a ban on open carry but not concealed carry.