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Concealed-carry in schools has both sides fired up

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It's a controversial issue that has both sides fired up.

Linda Brundage, who heads up the Michigan Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence, was at the capitol on Tuesday to listen in as a senate committee considered a bill to allow concealed carry of guns in safe zones like schools.

"People are tired of this," Brundage said.

She said she feels the bill is bad news.

"People are tired of hugging their children in the morning and not know if they will come back," Brundage said.

But not everyone's against the proposal, like Sen. Mike Green, who wants to maintain the rights of gun owners in the state to carry their weapons.

"My goal was always to have the right to carry if I needed it and that's why it took me so long to get one," Green said.

The bill also found support from an unlikely proponent: the Clio school superintendent, who feels the measure, which would allow concealed carry now instead of open carry, would be less distracting.

"Senate bill 442 takes a step to eliminate that distraction but allows for the rights of our citizens to keep and bear arms," said Superintendent Fletcher Spears.

But for Brundage, any additional gun in school is not good.

She said even though the bill is headed to the full senate for a vote, the fight's not over yet.

"This is round one. Don't count us out. We will be here every step of the way," Brundage said.

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