Whitmer proposes funds to ban guns from the Michigan Capitol

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer

A sign at the Michigan Capitol in Lansing lists Gretchen Whitmer as governor. (File)

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer included funds to implement a complete firearms ban in the state Capitol in her state budget proposal, one month after open carry was banned.

The budget proposal and a concealed carry ban would have to be passed by the Republican-led Legislature whose leaders have expressed opposition to such a ban.

Whitmer’s proposed $67 billion state budget proposes a $5 million allocation for improving Capitol security. The plan would finance security staffing and equipment like metal detectors needed to implement a weapons ban, including a ban on concealed pistols.

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