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Senate panel expands Michigan gun owner rights

Discussion in 'Politics, Elections & Legislation' started by Jerbear, Jan 23, 2013.

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  1. Jerbear

    Jerbear TS Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    And then there's Michigan......

    While the federal government grapples with gun control measures in the wake of a mass shooting in a Connecticut elementary school, that left 20 children and six adults dead, a bill that would exempt Michigan made guns from federal firearm regulations passed the Senate Judiciary committee by a 3-1 vote Wednesday morning.

    The bill was one of three bills that expand rights for gun owners and dealers in the state. The other two would exempt: gun licensing and registration information from the Freedom of Information Act; and licensing requirements for some federal firearms dealers.

    The main bill wouldn’t have an immediate effect because there are no gun manufacturers in the state, but sponsors said the law could be used as a marketing tool to attract business to the state.

    “What we’re seeing out of Washington is a reaction to a tragedy that is being leveraged in a way that puts second amendment rights under great concern,” said Sen. Phil Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township. “There is a steady eroding of our rights under the second amendment.”

    But Sen. Steve Bieda, D-Warren, who was the lone no vote against the bill, said the bill would invite a legal challenge on constitutional grounds that would cost taxpayers an untold amount of money.

    “This is a knee jerk reaction to what’s going on in the federal government,” he said. “This bill is not quite ready for prime time.”

    And Rebecca Hammond, of Ferndale, said the bill didn’t take into account safety issues, especially for children.

    “I’d like to see gun victims have the same rights as gun owners,” she said.

    But Phillip Hofmeister, president of the Michigan Open Carry organization, carried his Springfield XDM semi-automatic handgun on his hip as he testified in support of the legislation that would exempt gun licensing and registration information from FOIA laws.

    He cited a New York newspaper’s decision to publish the names of gun owners in the community.

    “This bill is so important because we don’t want to paint target on peoples’ homes for criminals,” he said.

    The other two bills in the package passed on 4-0 votes.


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