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Supporter, opponent weigh benefits of CPLs in schools

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Tiffany Habedank is the director of Peyton’s Learning Place in Clio.

If she had it her way, no gun would enter through the doors of her child care facility even if the person has a concealed pistol license.

“We would actually prefer a weapon-free. Even open carry, not being allowed in our child care facility,” Habedank said.

That may come as a surprise to some.

“I actually have one myself. I definitely agree with protecting yourself and carrying,” Habedank said.

Despite her pro-gun stance she shakes her head at Tuesday's state senate committee vote to allow concealed weapons in daycares, schools and churches.

Supporters of the measure who look at recent mass shootings across the country and say this move could help prevent incidents like those.

“But in our case, we would actually prefer other authorities handle any situation that comes to pass here,” Habedank said.

But not everyone in this community is opposed to this decision.

Fletcher Spears is the superintendent of Clio schools.

“Weapons-free zones are murder-magnets,” Spears said.

He said weapon-free zones tell the bad guys, come on in, no one is armed to stop you here.

“Permit law abiding citizens with CPLs to exercise their constitutional right to carry a fire arm,” Spears said.

But for Habedank, she said her facility practices what to do in a dangerous situation. They don't rely on a citizen with a CPL to protect them.

“We would rather do what we're working on, and our current plan does not include that,” Habedank said.

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