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Michigan Concealed Weapons Loosening Tied to Texas, Vegas Shootings

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Michigan concealed weapons bills that would open up currently gun-free zones like churches are tied to recent shootings in Texas and Las Vegas, the Detroit Free Press reported.

A state Senate committee approved bills on Tuesday that would allow gun owners to take concealed weapons into churches, along with schools, day care centers, bars, college dorms, stadiums and other gun-free zones, the newspaper stated.

Republican Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof told the newspaper that Sunday's shooting at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas that left 26 people dead and more than 20 injured made it the right time to bring up the bill.

An armed by-passer reportedly engaged the shooter, Devin Patrick Kelley, 26, and forced him away, avoiding even more carnage, CNN reported.

"Some have said it's insensitive to bring up these issues now, but I feel quite the opposite," Meekhof told the Senate Government Operations Committee, per the Free Press. "The recent events will allow us to look at how we can deter those who want to do harm. And responsible, well-trained, licensed concealed-pistol holders can be one of those deterrents."

MLive.com reported that in 2012 Michigan's Republican governor, Rick Snyder, vetoed similar legislation allowing concealed guns in schools.

Organizations like the Michigan Coalition of Responsible Gun Owners testified in support of the bills on Tuesday, the website said.

"The idea of having the ability to arm a well-qualified, well-trained individual is tantamount to setting out a scenario where we no longer set up a sheep for the wolf," said Robert Rudowski of the coalition, per the Free Press.

Those groups, though, were outnumbers by organizations like Moms Demand Action, which argued against the bills, according to MLive.com.

"Two days after the latest shooting, we're here not having a conversation about keeping guns away from domestic abusers, increasing background checks or banning bump stocks," Emily Durbin, Michigan chapter president of Moms Demand Action said, per the Free Press. "Instead, we're urgently discussing what the gun lobby wants and that's a desire to have more guns in more places, no questions asked."

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