Booher opposes repeal of No Gun Zone bill

LANSING — When it comes to concealed weapons laws in the State of Michigan, State Sen. Darwin Booher believes “ ... if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

Senator Mike Green, of Mayville, disagrees, as do a few other GOP senators.

Green has proposed a bill that would eliminate the No Gun Zones now defined by law, and make it legal to carry a concealed weapon anywhere in the state.

To date, the Michigan State Police defines No Gun Zones as follows.

Individuals licensed to carry a concealed pistol by Michigan or another state are prohibited from carrying a concealed pistol on the following premises:

  • Schools or school property but may carry while in a vehicle on school property while dropping off or picking up if a parent or legal guardian
  • Public or private day care center, public or private child caring agency, or public or private child placing agency.
  • Sports arena or stadium
  • A tavern where the primary source of income is the sale of alcoholic liquor by the glass consumed on the premises
  • Any property or facility owned or operated by a church, synagogue, mosque, temple, or other place of worship, unless the presiding official allows concealed weapons
  • An entertainment facility that the individual knows or should know has a seating capacity of 2,500 or more
  • A hospital
  • A dormitory or classroom of a community college, college or university
  • A Casino

Green’s law would remove exceptions and allow person’s with a concealed weapons permit to “Carry a pistol on or about his or her person anywhere in this state.”

State Senator Darwin Booher, although a concealed weapon license holder himself, says he will not support the legislation if and when it comes up for a vote.

“Quite honestly, I don’t know that it will make any difference, and I don’t know why this is even and issue,” said Booher.

“I have a concealed weapon permit, and I carry a concealed weapon.

‘Nevertheless, I don’t believe there is any need to change the law as it is today. I think the law is sufficient. If it isn’t broke, don’t fix it.”

Booher said he believed the limitations placed on carrying weapons in No Gun Zones are based on common sense.

“I don’t sit around trying to figure if the restaurant I’m going to visit makes a majority portion of their income from the sale of alcohol,” he said.

“I just figure a tavern is a tavern, a restaurant is a restaurant. It’s common sense.

“I’m not going to carry when I visit an elementary school to read to kids.

“It’s common sense.

“I just think this bill is a case of common sense being politicized for no good reason,’ he said.