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Michigan Supreme Court to hear arguments over guns in schools

Posted: 6:37 AM, Apr 11, 2018
Updated: 2018-04-11 16:39:46-04

The Michigan Supreme Court will hear oral arguments for cases relating to Michigan's Open Carry Law and carrying a gun in schools.

The case has to do with whether or not schools can adopt their own restrictions on guns. It's based on separate cases out of Ann Arbor and Clio.

In 2015, a man with a concealed-carry permit brought a gun to a school concert at Ann Arbor Pioneer High School.

While you can't carry a gun in gun-free school zones, Michigan law does allow anyone with a Concealed Pistol License (CPL) to enter a school with a gun being openly carried.

Both Ann Arbor Schools and Clio Area School District restricted weapons on school grounds, but gun-advocacy groups in the state, including Michigan Open Carry Inc., filed lawsuits against the districts.

Those groups say that the school districts can't adopt stricter policies and that those policies can't supersede state laws already in place.

In 2012, a state appeals court struck down a ban on openly carried weapons that a Lansing library had put in place.

An appeals court sided with the school districts, saying that they have freedom to restrict guns in their own right.

The Supreme Court will hear those arguments on Wednesday afternoon.