Mixed reaction to new firearm legislation - FOX 32 News Chicago

Mixed reaction to new firearm legislation

Posted: Updated:

BY AMY LANGE
FOX 2 NEWS

DETROIT, Mich (WJBK) -- "I don't feel comfortable with people being able to come into the school where my kids are at with guns and in churches ... please, says Christal Bonner.


Christal Bonner, a teacher and parent, adamantly opposed to new firearm legislation just approved in Lansing.  Legislation that would allow gun owners to carry their concealed weapons inside schools, churches. hospitals, stadiums, and daycare centers.


"It's very dangerous.  We have rules and requirements here at the school.  We have kids here that can sometimes become volatile. What do we need some guns coming in here for.  Because we might have some citizens who are not responsible," says Bonner.


The legislation coming just hours before the unimaginable carnage at the elementary school in Connecticut.  Advocates of the proposed law say it's past time.


"Where there's a large number of people we are certainly prone to attack by disturbed individuals.  We need some means to protect ourselves other than hiding behind a display rack," says Bill Kucyc who owns Action Impact.


"It's long overdue where we have citizens who are ready to do something in situations like that," says  Gerald Crawford who owns a gun.
In addition to the training you already need... the new legislation also requires that you need hours of training.  Places like Action Impact say they'll start that immediately.

But Pastors Charles Williams and Maurice Rudd don't want guns in their church pews and say instead of making laws expanding gun rights, what is really needed is gun control.


"We need to revive the ban on assault weapons. We need some type of tighter restrictions on who can get access to weapons," says Rev. Charles Williams.

"We don't need guns now we need instruments of peace. Not instruments of violence," says Rev. Maurice Rudd.


For some it just feels like a bad idea.

"There's really no need to have weapons in the work place or in the school.  Particularly in the schools," says Marilyn Covington.

"It's definitely not a good idea.  Not the church... not the schools... nowhere, says Lenette Covington.

The legislation now moves on to the governor - who says he's not yet decided whether or not he will sign it.


If signed into law, private property owners and public universities could ban guns on their premises but public schools would have to allow concealed weapons... they are currently gun free zones unless a person is openly carrying a weapon.

  • Amy LangeMore from Amy LangeMore>>

  • Police investigate connection of Southfield suicide and Detroit homicide

    Police investigate connection of Southfield suicide and Detroit homicide

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 6:26 PM EDT2014-08-27 22:26:24 GMT
    Police have identified a man's body with a gunshot wound to the chest found under an overpass at 9 Mile and Southfield Tuesday afternoon.At about the time Michael Young, 56, was found, Detroit Police were called to his home - on Westmoreland for a welfare check."The Woman had not been seen since Saturday," said Detroit Police Officer Adam Madera. "We received a 911 call for the well being check and Southfield Police Department showed up all at the same time."Inside police found the body of 56...
    Police have identified a man's body with a gunshot wound to the chest found under an overpass at 9 Mile and Southfield Tuesday afternoon.At about the time Michael Young, 56, was found, Detroit Police were called to his home - on Westmoreland for a welfare check."The Woman had not been seen since Saturday," said Detroit Police Officer Adam Madera. "We received a 911 call for the well being check and Southfield Police Department showed up all at the same time."Inside police found the body of 56...
  • FEMA tours flood ravaged areas in metro Detroit

    FEMA tours flood ravaged areas in metro Detroit

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 6:30 PM EDT2014-08-26 22:30:35 GMT
    Gretchen Domino's home in Warren is a hazard - the basement completely washed out and covered in mold. Signs in her front yard shout her frustration - where is the help?"This is insane, you promise me this, you promise me that," she said.
    Gretchen Domino's home in Warren is a hazard - the basement completely washed out and covered in mold. Signs in her front yard shout her frustration - where is the help?"This is insane, you promise me this, you promise me that," she said.
  • Prosecutor Kym Worthy: Office is 'criminally underfunded'

    Prosecutor Kym Worthy: Office is 'criminally underfunded'

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 7:18 AM EDT2014-08-26 11:18:19 GMT
    Kym Worthy says in the last two years she's lost 90 lawyers and that Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano has slashed her budget to the breaking point. "I honestly don't think that the Ficano administration gives a damn about public safety the way that they should," she said.
    Kym Worthy says in the last two years she's lost 90 lawyers and that Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano has slashed her budget to the breaking point. "I honestly don't think that the Ficano administration gives a damn about public safety the way that they should," she said.
Powered by WorldNow

205 N. Michigan Avenue
Ground Floor
Chicago, IL 60601
Station Operator: (312) 565-5532
Newsroom: (312)565-5533

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices