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, weak gun safety laws are killing more than 40,000 Americans every year. In addition, guns are now the No. 1 cause of death among children.  

As of late May 2022, there have been more than 200 mass shootings in the U.S., with many of these senseless acts of gun violence occurring in our schools — most recently in Uvalde, Texas, where an 18-year-old gunman killed 19 elementary-school aged children and 2 teachers. This is the nation’s deadliest school shooting since the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary in 2012.     

State lawmakers can and must do more to keep residents safe from this deadly public safety crisis so that we can try to 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 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 hearing now. . 

FIREARM SAFETY LEGISLATION INTRODUCED 

Red Flag  

  • Senate Bills 856, 857, and 858: Enact ‘red flag’ laws to prevent at-risk individuals from accessing firearms.  
  • Introduced on 2/8/22. 

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, with limited exceptions. 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 12/8/21. 

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. 
  • Introduced on 6/17/21. 
  • 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 

  • Introduced on 5/18/21. 

Restoring Local Control 

  • Senate Bill 352: Allows local governments to ban guns on property owned or leased by local governments.  
  • Introduced on 4/13/21. 

Prohibit Guns in MI Capitol Building