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Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. 2020 ‘Guns in Schools in Michigan.’ Guns in Public. San Francisco, CA: Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. 5 December

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Guns in Schools in Michigan

Elementary and Secondary Schools

Michigan prohibits any person from possessing a firearm in a "weapon free school zone," including any public, private, denominational, or parochial school offering developmental kindergarten, kindergarten, or grades one through twelve, as well as vehicles used by a school to transport students to or from school property.

Exceptions to this prohibition include:

- Possession provided by a school or a school's instructor on school property for purposes of providing or receiving instruction in the use of that weapon;
- Possession with the permission of the school's principal or an agent of the school designated by the school's principal or the school board;
- Possession by a person 18 years of age or older who is not a student at the school, on school property, while transporting a student to or from the school, if:
- The firearm is unloaded in a wrapper or container in the trunk of the person's vehicle, while in possession of a valid Michigan hunting license or proof of valid membership in an organization having shooting range facilities, and while en route to or from a hunting or target shooting area;
- The firearm is unloaded in a wrapper or container in the trunk of the person's vehicle from the place of purchase to his or her home or place of business or to a place of repair or back to his or her home or place of business, or in moving goods from one place of abode or business to another place of abode or business; or
- The firearm is unloaded in the passenger compartment of a vehicle that does not have a trunk, if the person is otherwise complying with the requirements of the aforementioned exceptions and the wrapper or container is not readily accessible to the occupants of the vehicle.

Michigan also prohibits persons from engaging in a list of firearm-related conduct and criminal offenses in any weapons-free school zone.

Michigan prohibits concealed handgun license holders from carrying on or in a school or school property. A parent or legal guardian of a student of the school is not precluded from carrying a concealed pistol while in a vehicle on school property if he or she is dropping the student off at school or picking the student up from school.

In Michigan, if a pupil possesses a firearm in a weapons-free school zone, the school board or its designee shall expel the pupil from the school district permanently, subject to possible reinstatement.

Colleges and Universities

Michigan prohibits concealed handgun license holders from carrying on or in a dormitory or classroom of a community college, college, or university…

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