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AG says guns can be banned at the state Capitol

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Dana Nessel

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel says guns can be banned inside the state Capitol. She gave that advice today  to the Michigan State Capitol Commission.

The commission controls public areas of the building.

Nessel advised the commission it has the power to take action to protect public safety, including the authority to ban firearms.

Last week, protesters – many carrying guns – assembled in front of the Capitol. Many defied COVID-19 distancing orders. Many also open-carried into the building and the`House and Senate galleries. Some lawmakers said they felt threatened.

The attorney general says not only can the commission ban guns in the Capitol, she thinks it should.

“How is everyone going to feel if we look back at this opportunity to protect people and we fail to take action, and I think the Capitol commission ought to take action as soon as possible.”

The commission has an online meeting scheduled for Monday.

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