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Capitol Commission shares weapons ban plan

State Capitol Building
State of Michigan
State Capitol Building

A weapons ban could soon be coming to the Michigan state capitol building. A security plan was unveiled Monday

Under the tentative plan, workers and visitors would have to go through weapons detectors to get inside.

Those with backpacks or laptops would be routed through extra screening.

Capitol Commission chair Bill Kandler says the policy is important for protecting guests, like the estimated 250-to-300-thousand school children that visit each year.

“Probably an awful lot of these children are coming from schools that have increased recently security. And it’d be kind of nice to tell their parents and teachers that children would be just as safe as they’re visiting their capitol building as they would be back in their home school building.”

The commission plans to vote on a final version of its plan late next month, with implementation starting after Labor Day.

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