A measure to allow Guardsmen with a Concealed Pistol License to have a concealed handgun while on duty or at an armory in the state has been approved by lawmakers.
The proposal, HB 4474, has been winding through the legislature since last April, passing the House 103-5 last June before the state Senate voted 34-4 on Thursday to send it to Gov. Rick Snyder.
“Our soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines have a God-given right to defend themselves while training to defend us, and past, present, or future policies that would deny them that right are unconscionable and without honor,” said state Rep. Gary Glenn, R-Midland, sponsor of the bill.
Glenn, a former member of the National Guard himself, said he introduced the measure in response to terrorist attacks in 2015 on two military facilities in Chattanooga, Tennessee and at Ft. Hood, Texas, in 2009.
The bill, which Snyder is expected to sign, allows an individual that is licensed to carry a concealed pistol to possess it while on the premises of an armory or any other building or property under the authority and control of the state adjutant general. The Michigan National Guard, between the Army and Air branches, contains more than 10,000 members.