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Bill Will Allow Retired Federal Agents to Carry Concealed Pistol in Restricted Zones

By Greg Stejskal
ticklethewire.com

LANSING — On April 14th, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder signed Senate Bill 53 that will correct an oversight in a law for retired federal law enforcement agents. The bill will take effect 90 days after the signing.

Michigan statutes regulating the licensing of individuals to carry a concealed pistol had designated certain places “gun free zones,” such as schools, places of worship, sports arenas, taverns, etc. Retired law enforcement officers with a concealed pistol license were exempt from the gun free zone restriction.

The problem: The statute had defined a retired LEO as an individual who was a police officer certified pursuant to Michigan law and retired in good standing from their agency. Consequently, under the statute retired federal LEOs by definition were not retired LEOs and were not exempt from the gun free zone restriction.

The amendment to the the statute (SB 53) signed by Gov. Snyder adds federal LEOs as defined retired LEOs. Now, retired federal agents will be exempt from the gun free zone restriction.

PHOTO ABOVE: 

Greg Stejskal, Detroit Chapter SFAFBI; William Hampstead, Pres. Mich. chapter FLEOA; Mark Holloway, retired Border Patrol; Gov. Rick Snyder; Sen Rick Jones, who introduced the bill and was formerly Sheriff Eaton County; Sandra McCormick, Senator Jones’ Chief of Staff; Bob Getschman, W. Mich. Chapter SFAFBI.

All of the above pictured with the governor were involved in helping shepherd the bill through the legislative process.

Column: Guns and Responsibility

Eugene Robinson

By Eugene Robinson
Washington Post

WASHINGTON — We may not be sure that the bloodbath in Tucson had anything to do with politics, but we know it had everything to do with our nation’s insane refusal to impose reasonable controls on guns.

Specifically, the rampage had everything to do with a 9mm semiautomatic Glock pistol – a sleek, efficient killing machine that our lax gun laws allowed an unstable young man to purchase, carry anywhere and ultimately use to shoot Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in the head. The weapon also was used to shoot 19 bystanders, killing six of them, including a federal judge and a 9-year-old girl.

The accused gunman, 22-year-old Jared Lee Loughner, appears to be deranged. But this fact does not automatically absolve the politicians, partisan activists and professional loudmouths who spew apocalyptic anti-government rhetoric full of violent imagery.

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