Laws shielding folks who post no guns signs are in for a rude surprise, if Michigan is any indicator.
It took a shooting in a bar in Kansas to move legislators off dead center.Critics have pointed out that a sign on the door read that guns were not allowed inside, potentially creating another soft target where a shooter could commit an excessive amount of carnage in a short amount of time.
A string of recent mass shootings in areas that are considered gun-free zones has sparked a national conversation about who should be held liable when a shooting occurs in an area where citizens are told they cannot carry.
The vast majority of these kinds of shootings occur in these gun-free zones.
Why? Because the sick individuals who commit such heinous acts are looking for a way to accumulate a large casualty count. That is hard to do in an area where an individual, or many individuals, may respond by pulling their concealed weapon and return fire, potentially neutralizing the threat. So how are we protected in these environments? We aren’t. But maybe there is hope, at least for the people of Michigan.
Ironically, the only people who abide by the gun-free zone signs are the ones that are following the laws to begin with.
A state representative has introduced legislation that would hold government offices and private businesses liable if anyone is injured during a shooting in a gun-free zone on their premises.
State Rep. Gary Eisen, R-St. Clair Township, introduced House Bill 4975, which would revoke governmental immunity from lawsuits arising from injuries sustained on government property where guns are banned. Eisen is also the sponsor of House Bill 4976, which would make a government, business or individual that designates a property a gun-free zone legally responsible for the safety of individuals who enter it.