No parent should have to fear for their child’s safety at school, and no community should have to bury the child they helped raise.
According to the Giffords Law Center, gun violence has a devastating impact on Michigan, claiming the lives of 1,163 residents each year — that’s a person killed with a gun every eight hours. In addition, guns are the second-leading cause of death for Michigan children ages 1–17.
Yet, since 2009, 264 mass shootings have tragically occurred in the United States, resulting in 1,485 people shot and killed and 968 people wounded. Too many of these mass shootings occur in schools, most recently in our local community of Oxford — marking the nation’s deadliest K-12 school shooting since 2018.
State lawmakers can and must do more to keep residents safe from this deadly public safety crisis so that we can possibly prevent further tragedies.
Legislation exists in both the Michigan House and Senate to make these reforms but has not been acted upon. While it is extremely disappointing and frustrating that these bills have met resistance in the past, it is imperative that folks consider a change of heart and mind.
Ask leadership to act now:
Every Michigander deserves a safe community — from our schools to our places of worship, movie theaters, shopping malls, public events, and more. I urge Committee Chairs to give these bills a committee hearing now.
FIREARM SAFETY LEGISLATION INTRODUCED
Magazine Capacity Limits
- House Bills 5627 and 5628 / Senate Bills 785 and 786: Would prohibit selling or possessing a magazine capable of holding more than 10 rounds of ammunition, beginning on January 1, 2023. A person who possessed such a magazine before the effective date could keep the magazine if they report possession of the magazine to the local law enforcement agency. Law enforcement officers, members of the armed forces, and individuals working in an armored car would be exempted. A person who violates this prohibition would be guilty of a misdemeanor, punishable by not more than 90 days in jail and/or a maximum fine of $500. A subsequent offense would be a felony, punishable by not more than 2 years in prison and/or a maximum fine of $5,000. Introduced on 12/9/21.
Protecting Victims of Domestic Violence
- House Bills 5371 and 5372 / Senate Bills 678 and 679: Prohibit abusers convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence offenses from possessing guns for 8 years. This would bring MI into alignment with federal law. Introduced on 10/6/21.
Gun Violence Prevention Funding
- House Bill 5174: Provides funding for a gun violence prevention program in Ingham County. Introduced on 6/29/21.
Safe Storage Package
- House Bill 5066/ Senate Bill 550: Require firearms to be properly secured to prevent accidental injury/death when the firearms could be accessible to minors. The bills create criminal penalties for failing to secure a firearm that is obtained by a minor and possessed in public or used in a reckless manner or to inflict injury or death. Introduced on 6/17/21.
- House Bill 5067 / Senate Bill 551: Exempt firearm safety devices (including locks and safes) from the sales tax. Introduced on 6/17/21.
- House Bill 5068 / Senate Bill 552: Exempt firearm safety devices (including locks and safes) from the use tax. Introduced on 6/17/21.
- House Bill 5069 / Senate Bill 553: Companion bills that amend the sentencing guidelines to include the new felony penalty created by HB 5066/SB 550. Introduced on 6/17/21.
Universal Background Checks
- House Bills 4869, 4870, and 4871 / Senate Bills 454, 455, and 456: Require universal background checks on all guns. Introduced on 5/18/21.
Restoring Local Control
- Senate Bill 352: Allow local governments to ban guns on property owned or leased by local governments. Introduced on 4/13/21.