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SB 229 - Authorizes the Concealed Possession of Firearms on School Property - Key Vote

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Jim Merritt, Jr. voted Yea (Passage) on this Legislation.

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Legislation - Signed (Executive) -

Title: Authorizes the Concealed Possession of Firearms on School Property

Legislation - Conference Report Adopted (House) (75-24) - (Key vote)

Title: Authorizes the Concealed Possession of Firearms on School Property

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Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to adopt a conference report that authorizes the concealed possession of firearms on school property, effective July 1, 2014.

Highlights:
  • Authorizes an individual to carry a concealed firearm on school property if he or she legally possesses a firearm and meets 1 of the following conditions (Sec. 4): 
    • Locks the firearm in the trunk of his or her motor vehicle;
    • Keeps the firearm in the glove compartment of his or her locked motor vehicle; or
    • Stores the firearm out of plain sight in his or her locked motor vehicle. 
  • Prohibits a former student of any high school who is no longer enrolled due to a disciplinary action within the previous 24 months or an enrolled student from possessing a firearm on school property unless the following conditions are met (Sec. 4): 
    • The student is a member of a shooting sports team; and
    • The school's principal has approved the student keeping a firearm concealed in his or her motor vehicle on the days the student is competing or practicing as a member of a shooting sports team. 
  • Classifies the offense of “knowingly, intentionally, or recklessly” leaving a legally permitted firearm in plain view in a motor vehicle that is parked in a school parking lot as a Class A misdemeanor (Sec. 5). 
  • Prohibits a law enforcement agency or local government unit from conducting a “firearm buyback program” unless the program is financed or funded with private funds or grants (Sec. 3).
  • Defines “firearm buyback program” as a program to purchase privately owned firearms from individual firearm owners for the purpose of reducing the number of firearms owned by civilians, or permitting civilians to sell a firearm to the government without fear of prosecution (Sec. 3).
Legislation - Conference Report Adopted (Senate) (38-10) - (Key vote)

Title: Authorizes the Concealed Possession of Firearms on School Property

Vote Result
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Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to adopt a conference report that amends firearm buy-back program laws.

Highlights:
  • Authorizes an individual to carry a concealed firearm on school property if he or she legally possesses a firearm and meets 1 of the following conditions (Sec. 4): 
    • Locks the firearm in the trunk of his or her motor vehicle;
    • Keeps the firearm in the glove compartment of his or her locked motor vehicle; or
    • Stores the firearm out of plain sight in his or her locked motor vehicle. 
  • Prohibits a former student of any high school who is no longer enrolled due to a disciplinary action within the previous 24 months or an enrolled student from possessing a firearm on school property unless the following conditions are met (Sec. 4): 
    • The student is a member of a shooting sports team; and
    • The school's principal has approved the student keeping a firearm concealed in his or her motor vehicle on the days the student is competing or practicing as a member of a shooting sports team. 
  • Classifies the offense of “knowingly, intentionally, or recklessly” leaving a legally permitted firearm in plain view in a motor vehicle that is parked in a school parking lot as a Class A misdemeanor (Sec. 5). 
  • Prohibits a law enforcement agency or local government unit from conducting a “firearm buyback program” unless the program is financed or funded with private funds or grants (Sec. 3).
  • Defines “firearm buyback program” as a program to purchase privately owned firearms from individual firearm owners for the purpose of reducing the number of firearms owned by civilians, or permitting civilians to sell a firearm to the government without fear of prosecution (Sec. 3).
Legislation - Bill Passed With Amendment (House) (74-24) -
Legislation - Bill Passed (Senate) (28-21) - (Key vote)

Title: Amends Firearm Buy-Back Program Laws

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Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that amends firearm buy-back program laws.

Highlights:
  • Prohibits the destruction of firearms obtained from a “firearm buyback program” unless the serial number of the firearm has been altered or destroyed, or the firearm is unsafe to operate (Secs. 1 & 2).  
  • Prohibits a law enforcement agency from conducting a “firearm buyback program” (Sec. 2).
  • Defines “firearm buyback program” as a program used to purchase firearms from an individual, and does not include the purchase of firearms from a licensed firearms dealer or a program to purchase firearms for law enforcement purposes (Sec. 2). 
  • Authorizes law enforcement agencies to sell a firearm seized from a criminal that has been damaged and deemed unsafe to operate to a licensed firearms dealer for salvage or repair (Sec. 1). 
  • Requires the money obtained from sales of the firearm be deposited into the law enforcement agency’s training fund for the purchase or maintenance of firearms, ammunition, vests, and any other law enforcement equipment (Sec. 1).  
  • Authorizes an individual who had his or her firearms seized by the court to request an auction of the firearm and have the proceeds returned to the individual, with up to 8 percent of the sale price dictated to the law enforcement agency (Sec. 4). 
  • Requires any county, municipality or township that possesses a firearm from a buyback program to transfer the firearm to the county’s, municipality’s or township’s law enforcement agency (Sec. 2). 
Legislation - Introduced (Senate) -

Title: Amends Firearm Buy-Back Program Laws

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