Some lawmakers in Michigan, including at least one Republican, say they’re looking into whether they can ban the carrying of firearms inside the capitol building after armed protestors filled the capitol rotunda and visitor’s galleries during a protest against Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s stay-at-home orders last week.
The Michigan State Capitol Commission is exploring whether it has the authority to ban guns inside the Lansing building. At least one gun-owning Republican on the six-member commission said he supports a ban.
“I think its safe to say that everybody is very disturbed, including me, by what we saw last week,” John Truscott, vice chairman of the commission, said on the “Morning Wake-up” radio show on WILS-AM on Tuesday. “We do not like seeing guns brought into the building – loaded guns – and I’m a Second Amendment advocate and a gun owner and I did not like what I saw.”
Truscott said the commission has sought a legal opinion to determine if it has the authority to ban guns inside the building. The commission, which is responsible for managing and maintaining the building and its grounds, meets Monday and will discuss the options, Truscott said.
“We don’t know what the law is going to show us in terms of our ability to stop this or temporarily ban it or whatever,” Truscott said, adding that lawmakers asked the commission to explore its legal authority over guns.
The armed protestors have even alienated some lawmakers who agree with them that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s stay-at-home orders have gone too far, with Republican Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey calling them “a bunch of jackasses” in a post on social media last Friday.