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Today (Wednesday) is International Women's Day, and one group of Michigan women is marking the occasion by taking aim at what they believe would be a dangerous change to the state's gun laws. Two bills in the House would make Michigan the seventh state in the nation to allow people to carry concealed weapons in public places without a permit.

 

Emily Durbin with the Michigan chapter of "Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America" says if those bills pass, a person could carry a concealed weapon without background checks or the current eight-hour training for gun safety, live fire, and gun laws.

 

"All of those safeguards would be eliminated, and we think that's not smart. We think we have a permitting system in place for a very good reason, and that we think that would be a hazard to public safety if that gets dismantled."

 

Durbin says they're also concerned that the proposed changes would allow some people to carry concealed weapons who aren't currently allowed to carry firearms at all, including those convicted of past violent offenses. Supporters of the bills call Michigan's current permitting system "government overreach."

 

 

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