Regaining our freedoms, one semester at a time

by Brian Tucker on August 25, 2013

The Fall Semester of 2013 is nearly upon us, if you haven’t done so check out our current list of Campus Chapters and contact their representative in order to join those of us who seek to create a more secure campus environment by extending our constitutional right to the classroom.

If you campus isn’t listed then consider starting a campus chapter, though starting a new chapter isn’t an easy task, you have state representatives and fellow supporters who will help you in your endeavor. And always keep in mind, securing our freedoms is never easy, we have to earn them every step of the way.

Are you no longer a college student, or do you have a son or daughter who will be or is attending college? You can still help us in the fight to regain our freedoms, Donate to Student’s for Concealed Carry. All donations go towards operating expenses and advertising campaigns, furthermore not a single staff member is compensated for their work. Every dollar counts, donate today!

To our friends starting another semester shortly and to our donators, we look forward to another productive and successful year in our fight to allow concealed carry on campus in Michigan, and we look forward to your support and assistance!

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SB213 introduced; will remove campus ‘gun free’ zones

by Reid K Smith on February 23, 2013

As many of you may recall, last year’s SB59 was a major victory for MI-SCC and other pro-firearms rights groups in Michigan. SB59 made many great changes to CPL law, including the elimination of all ‘gun free’ zones with extra training. However, after SB59 passed a Senate committee, the Senate floor, a House committee, and the House floor, Governor Snyder decided to veto SB59 – legislation that would have saved lives. In meetings with the Governor and his aides both before and after the veto, advocates of SB59 were presented with “a moving target,” as SB59′s sponsor Senator Mike Green said; Governor Snyder’s demands for an acceptable bill continued to change. We believe that Governor Snyder simply doesn’t trust Michigan CPL owners. Let him know how you feel.

On Tuesday, Senator Mike Green introduced SB213. SB213 makes many of the same changes that SB59 made, so we won’t go over all of those in full detail. For campus carry purposes, everything stays the same as SB59 – campus classrooms and dorms are removed from the list of ‘gun free’ zones. However, SB213 requires no additional training to receive this exemption, which SB59 did. SB213 also makes several changes of interest to CPL holders; lowering the price of a CPL to $90 (Michigan currently has the 5th highest CPL cost in the country, at $105,) transferring issue authority to the Michigan State Police, (which will remove many of the county-by-county nickel and dime charges,) and eliminating the almost century-old county gun board apparatus. As with SB59, Michigan Students for Concealed Carry supports SB213 without reservations. Senator Mike Green deserves your thanks for sponsoring both SB59 and SB213. As you write your reps to ask them to support SB213, make sure to thank them if they voted for SB59, (see SB59 votes for Representatives and Senators.)

Remember, SB213 would only decriminalize campus carry. That’s a huge step, but it won’t change the gun bans that most campuses have in place – at least not directly. However, we expect that some campuses would change their policy to comply with state law. We also expect that many more recalcitrant campuses will keep their policies in place – despite the obvious violation of state preemption law. At that point, litigation may likely be the only appropriate next step.

We’ll keep you posted on the status of SB213. We anticipate another long fight ahead, and we’ll need your support. Follow us on Facebook, on Twitter, and via RSS feed to ensure that you stay up to date.

For those interested, the full text of SB213 is available here.

NOTE: Many have raised concerns because SB213 states that “schools” will continue to be ‘gun free’ zones. In Michigan, “schools” are defined in Chapter 750, Act 328 of 1931, Section 750.237a as “a public, private, denominational, or parochial school offering developmental kindergarten, kindergarten, or any grade from 1 through 12.” In other words, “schools” are K-12 schools.

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The Fallacy of ‘Gun Free’ Zones

January 8, 2013

A good friend of mine is a school social worker. She knows I think ‘gun free’ zones are a fallacy, but she wasn’t quite convinced. She wasn’t anti-gun, but she wouldn’t have felt comfortable with them in a school. A few years ago, she was interning at a school and sent me an interesting message, […]

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Governor Snyder vetoes SB59; ensures that colleges continue to allow only criminals to be armed

December 18, 2012

It is with a heavy heart that we report that Governor Snyder vetoed SB59 earlier today. SB59 had previously passed the Michigan Senate by a 27-11 margin and the Michigan House by a margin of 68-41. SB59 would have allowed CPL-holders to take an additional 8 hours of training (for a total of 16 hours) […]

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Complete Guide to SB59, now awaiting Gov. Snyder’s signature

December 14, 2012

Update: Governor Snyder vetoed SB59 on December 18th. We find Governor Snyder’s decision to preserve “gun free” zones – areas in which only criminals are permitted to carry concealed firearms – reprehensible and deserving of your scorn. Please let Gov. Snyder know how you feel.  After a long, hard fight, SB59 – introduced by Senator […]

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MI-SCC urges House to pass SB59

December 13, 2012

Update: Governor Snyder vetoed SB59 on December 18th. We find Governor Snyder’s decision to preserve “gun free” zones – areas in which only criminals are permitted to carry concealed firearms – reprehensible and deserving of your scorn. Please let Gov. Snyder know how you feel.  On Wednesday, SB59 passed its House Committee, as we expected. It […]

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SB59 to be heard in House Committee tomorrow

December 11, 2012

Update: SB59 passed the House on December 13th. Having already passed the Senate, the bill was enrolled by the Senate and sent to Governor Snyder for his signature. However Governor Snyder vetoed SB59 on December 18th. We find Governor Snyder’s decision to preserve “gun free” zones – areas in which only criminals are permitted to carry […]

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SB59 passes the Senate; one step closer to Campus Carry!

November 29, 2012

Update: SB59 passed the House on December 13th. Having already passed the Senate, the bill was enrolled by the Senate and sent to Governor Snyder for his signature. However Governor Snyder vetoed SB59 on December 18th. We find Governor Snyder’s decision to preserve “gun free” zones – areas in which only criminals are permitted to carry […]

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Let students and teachers carry guns on Campus

April 19, 2012

This post was written and submitted by Dr. Jeff Edgens and originally appeared on PeachPundit.com. Dr. Edgens is a former college dean and an At-Large Representative for the Libertarian Party of Georgia. Dr. Edgins received his Ph.D. from Michigan State University and previously worked with the Mackinac Center – one of the largest state-based think tanks […]

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Students throughout Michigan participate in the Empty Holster Protest

April 3, 2012

Every year, Students for Concealed Carry hosts a national, week-long Empty Holster Protest. Students participate by wearing empty holsters throughout their campus and informing fellow students about the issue of campus carry. The empty holster is a symbol of the reality that the same permit-holding college students that are permitted to defend themselves throughout the […]

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