A Michigan legislative committee has voted to let people with extra training carry guns inside churches, schools and other places now off limits.
The bills were approved Tuesday, two days after a gunman killed 26 people at a Texas church. The full Senate plans to vote as early as Wednesday. Republican Gov. Rick Snyder vetoed legislation in 2012 that would have allowed concealed pistol license holders with additional training to carry in gun-free zones.
Proponents say the zones are a “target-rich environment” for mass shooters. Critics say authorizing guns in the areas would make those places less safe.
Under Michigan law, it is illegal for the nearly 618,000 people with concealed weapon permits to carry in designated gun-free zones such as schools, day care centers, taverns and casinos.