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Should People be Allowed to Have Firearms in Michigan Movie Theaters?

A deadly shooting early Friday during a showing of "The Dark Knight Rises" at a Colorado movie theater has reignited debate about whether stricter gun laws can prevent such tragedies.

A deadly shooting early Friday during a showing of "The Dark Knight Rises" at a movie theater in Colorado has spurred debate about whether stricter gun laws could have prevented the tragedy.

Some gun rights advocates argue that, had a member of the audience been carrying a firearm, they could have used it to stop the shooter. Advocates of more stringent gun rules, however, say more weapons lead to more chaos and ensuring public safety should be left to law enforcement.

Most Michigan adults are legally permitted to openly carry registered pistols without a permit and concealed pistols with a permit under Michigan law. Individuals may also .

Municipalities aren't allowed to regulate the possession of firearms. According to state law MCL 750.234d, however, the following entities prohibit individuals from carrying firearms onto the premises:

  • Churches
  • Courts
  • Theaters
  • Sports arenas
  • Day care centers
  • Hospitals
  • Establishments licensed under the Michigan Liquor Control Act

However, according to MCL 28.425o, a person with a Concealed Pistol License may, with the property owner's permission, open or conceal carry a firearm into an entertainment facility that has a seating capacity of fewer than 2,500. If the entertainment facility has a seating capacity over 2,500, the CPL holder may not carry a firearm concealed, but may openly carry a firearm, with the property owner's permission.

Should people be allowed to have firearms in Michigan movie theaters? Take our poll.

Eric B August 06, 2012 at 06:33 PM
Imagine that...good guys with guns were needed to stop a bad guy with a gun!
Jen Anesi August 07, 2012 at 05:34 PM
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GambitofTroy August 07, 2012 at 08:53 PM
Eric B +1 +1 +1 +1
Barbara Koehn August 08, 2012 at 12:33 AM
As I read Eric B.'s blog on the Patch, I understand that yes, you know a lot about firearms and I'd like to thank you for sharing ALL of your knowlege-BUT there comes a point when you are just beating a dead horse and not getting anywhere-I think we have covered this subject enough and it is time to move on-
Eric B August 08, 2012 at 12:52 AM
Thank you!!! I was ready to move on over a week ago. However, I wasn't willing to tolerate someone posing as an expert spreading skewed figures and misinformation. It would appear that said "someone" is no longer among the contributing members, and therefore, I may retire.

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