State, U.S. lawmakers take action in the gun debate

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(NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Members of Congress are pushing for a ban on assault weapons while the Michigan senate approves bills that would allow conceal carry in schools, churches and hospitals.

Nearly two dozen Senate Democrats are pushing for a ban on so-called assault weapons.

The legislation was introduced in Washington, in response to the church massacre in Texas.

“We need to ban military style weapons and military style clips. And it's outrageous congress has done nothing month after month, year after year everytime we see one of these horrible, horrible devastating crimes,” said Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, a Democrat from New York.

Co-sponsors want to stop gun makers from producing more than 200 different models of military style weapons. The bill would also ban all magazines that hold more than ten bullets, and background checks would be required on all assault rifle sales.

In the meantime, the Michigan Senate approves a controversial package of bills allowing people to carry concealed weapons in gun-free zones like churches, schools and stadiums.

Attorney General Bill Schuette wouldn’t say whether or not he supports the legislation, but did say people should have the right to protect themselves.

"Make no bones about it, I'm one who feels very strongly about providing people -- women, men, families, moms and dads -- the ability to protect themselves and their family and their home,” said Schuette, who is running for Governor.

State Senator Patrick Colbeck is also running for Governor; he voted in favor of the bills.

"If people are going to defend themselves in these gun free zones, you want it done in concealed carry mode. you don't want to be going around like it's the wild wild west with the open carry saloon style. So you don't want the bad guys to know who's got the guns and who doesn't, and that's the beauty of this,” said Colbeck, a Republican from Canton.

The package of bills in Michigan is now headed to the state house now.

Governor Rick Snyder vetoed a similar bill in 2012, after the Sandy Hook massacre.

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