gun control

Capitol panel closes open-carry loophole

BY: - May 19, 2021

In January, after months of security concerns stemming from armed right-wing demonstrations at the Michigan Capitol, a small bipartisan panel voted to ban open carry of firearms in the historic building for the first time. That panel met again Monday to strengthen that rule, following an incident earlier this month that illuminated a loophole in […]

Dems push federal background checks on ammunition sales

BY: - April 21, 2021

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida and U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut on Tuesday reintroduced legislation that would require instant background checks to prevent individuals with a criminal record from illegally purchasing ammunition. The measure backed by the Democrats, known as Jaime’s Law, is named in honor of Jaime Guttenberg, a […]

U.S. gun violence an ‘international embarrassment,’ Biden says in rolling out executive action

BY: - April 8, 2021

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Thursday reiterated his call on Congress to pass stalled gun legislation reform but also outlined executive action he’s taking on several gun control measures, following deadly mass shootings last month in Colorado and Georgia. “Gun violence in this country is an epidemic and it’s an international embarrassment,” Biden said […]

Biden admin. to suggest model ‘red flag’ gun laws for states

BY: - April 7, 2021

WASHINGTON — The Department of Justice will distribute model “red flag” legislation to states so they can enact laws that would allow courts to temporarily remove a firearm from an individual who is distressed, according to senior Biden administration officials. “The president will not wait for Congress to act before the administration takes our own […]

Biden calls on Senate to act on background checks after Colorado mass shooting

BY: - March 24, 2021

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Tuesday urged the U.S. Senate to immediately pass legislation to close loopholes on background checks for guns and to ban assault weapons, following a mass shooting that killed 10 at a Colorado supermarket. “This should not be a partisan issue,” Biden said. “This is an American issue.” Biden’s remarks […]

From guns in schools to COVID emergency powers: Key bills in the new Legislature so far

BY: - February 7, 2021

During their first month in office, members of the 101st Michigan Legislature have introduced 275 bills, and several more resolutions, addressing topics ranging from gun control to the COVID-19 pandemic. Republicans control both chambers of the Legislature, in the House with a six-seat margin and the Senate with a four-seat margin. Two additional Senate seats […]

Commission enacts open carry ban at Capitol, GOP speaker contests panel’s authority

BY: - January 11, 2021

Less than an hour after the Michigan State Capitol Commission (MSCC) passed a long-awaited vote to ban open carry of firearms in the state Capitol, new House Speaker Jason Wentworth (R-Clare) broke his silence on the action by stating he does not believe the commission has the power to set Capitol policy. “The Speaker is […]

Advance investigation: Michigan joins just 2 other states without Capitol firearm regulations

BY: - January 11, 2021

Updated, 10:05 a.m., 1/11/21 A months-long investigation by the Advance has revealed that Michigan is one of only three states with virtually no firearm regulations or security measures in place for its state Capitol. The Advance contacted officials and agencies in all 50 states, plus Washington, D.C., to gather their most recent capitol building firearm […]

GOP leader backing Capitol open carry ban is ‘absolutely helpful,’ commission vice chair says

BY: - January 8, 2021

Updated, 5:26 p.m., 1/8/21 Michigan Democrats and gun control groups are once again calling on the Michigan State Capitol Commission (MSCC) to ban firearms at the Capitol, and now even state Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake) is backing one restriction.  Shirkey spokesperson Amber McCann said the Republican leader is supportive of a ban on […]

Nessel: Capitol officials stalling gun ban are ‘cowards’

BY: - October 29, 2020

Attorney General Dana Nessel has had a lot on her plate during the COVID-19 pandemic. Most recently, her office has been collaborating with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Michigan State Police to thwart an elaborate kidnapping and murder plot against Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and other state officials. The anti-government extremists, many of […]

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Poll: Supermajority in Michigan support universal background checks

BY: - July 18, 2020

A new survey shows that an overwhelming majority of Michigan voters support universal background checks as a gun safety measure. The poll commissioned by the nonprofit gun control group Giffords, highlights Michigan residents support for stronger gun safety policies. It shows eight in 10 voters support universal background checks. “We know that background checks are […]

Another meeting, another delay on banning guns at the Capitol

BY: - May 30, 2020

Despite an opinion from Attorney General Dana Nessel earlier in May, the Michigan State Capitol Commission (MSCC) voted Friday to hire external legal counsel to decide whether the panel has the authority to ban firearms at the state Capitol. “The attorney general’s opinion notwithstanding, we felt that we needed to further clarify, really what kind […]