MID-MICHIGAN (WJRT) (11/09/2017) - The Michigan Senate has voted to allow guns into gun-free zones like schools and bars, but two local security experts think it's a bad idea.
The vote was mainly along party lines, with every Republican except one in favor and all Democrats opposed.
Generally, Tom Mynsberge and Henry Reyna are proponents of gun rights, but they wish legislators would have asked their opinions in this case
"I guess the part that bothers me is we are eliminating the school input portion of it," Mynsberge said. "Let them make that determination with that."
The Senate bills would get rid of open carry zones and allow concealed pistol license holders to carry guns in traditional gun-free zones like bars, and schools. Schools would be allowed to prohibit employees and students from carrying guns, but the law would protect license holders with enhanced training.
Mynsberge works with about 60 schools on security and is not convinced the extra training would make for better protection for children.
"Law enforcement's hit rate when they are in an active shooter incident is 17 percent. That means 83 shots miss," he said. "So I put this civilian with limited training, does that make it greater? So if we take a couple of kids out, what does that accomplish?"
Reyna, a 31-year police veteran who now runs a security company, said he has "hesitations" with the bills. He mostly is concern about the type of gun training a person would get that could put them a position to stop a mass shooting.
"There are a lot of people out there are just barely legal enough, because someone stamped them certified, but they may not have the qualifications," Reyna said.
State Sen. Ken Horn, a Republican from Frankenmuth, voted for the bill. He knows not everyone agrees with his vote, but he believes the legislation could prevent a mass shooting.
"What I felt was a majority of the people in my district felt this was the right thing to do, whether the (school) superintendents are in agreement or not," Horn said. "I can understand why they are not."
The Michigan House would have to pass the bills and then Gov. Rick Snyder would have to sign them before they become law. Snyder vetoed similar legislation a few years ago.