gun control

U.S. Supreme Court tosses gun case as Kavanaugh urges future debate

BY: - April 27, 2020

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday avoided issuing a landmark Second Amendment ruling in a closely watched gun rights case, but set the stage for future legal battles. A divided court ruled that a challenge to New York City gun restrictions was moot because the city had later changed its regulations. The case had been billed […]

Pandemic fuels state feuds over gun rights

BY: - April 23, 2020

COVID-19 has ignited the debate over gun rights as states grapple with whether to allow gun sales while other retailers are forced to shutter. Stores selling guns and ammunition remain legally open in 45 states that include sellers and manufacturers as essential services that are exempted from orders shutting down most commercial activity or have […]

GOP bill to quash local gun buyback efforts passes state House

BY: - March 4, 2020

Michigan’s GOP-led state House made quick work of new legislation to preemptively block local gun buyback efforts, securing a 58-49 vote on the bill during Wednesday’s legislative session. House Bill 5479 had been introduced by state Rep. Annette Glenn (R-Midland) just last month. It passed out of the House Judiciary Committee without amendment on Tuesday […]

Michigan House adopts pro-2nd Amendment resolution on Moms Demand Action day

BY: - February 25, 2020

Michigan’s Republican-led state House voted Tuesday afternoon to adopt a resolution reaffirming the right of residents to keep and bear arms. House Resolution 227 is one of several resolutions that state Rep. Gary Eisen (R-St. Clair Twp.) has introduced at both the state and local level to uphold citizens’ rights to bear arms. The measures […]

Whitmer appointee Heartwell under fire from gun rights advocates

BY: - February 20, 2020

Former Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell on Thursday defended his ability to chair the Natural Resources Commission (NRC), which regulates hunting and fishing.  He appeared in front of the state Senate Advice and Consent Committee a week after the GOP-led Senate rejected Lansing Community College biology professor Anna Mitterling, another Gov. Gretchen Whitmer appointee to […]

Michigan Republican pops 2nd Amendment sanctuary state resolution

BY: - February 11, 2020

State Rep. Gary Eisen (R-St. Clair Twp.) has introduced several resolutions to protect Second Amendment rights, both at the state and local level.  They include House Resolution 219 which would declare Michigan a sanctuary state and “fully affirm its support of the rights ensured and protected by the constitutions of the United States and Michigan, […]

Nessel joins lawsuit challenging Trump admin effort to allow 3D-printed guns

BY: - January 27, 2020

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel has joined a lawsuit seeking to prevent the President Trump administration’s newest attempt to allow access to blueprints for 3D-printed guns. The downloadable files would essentially allow anyone with an Internet connection to be able to print their own unregistered, untraceable firearm with a 3D printer. These are sometimes referred […]

Michigan’s 1st attempt at a ‘2nd Amendment sanctuary county’ goes awry

BY: - January 25, 2020

This week, Monroe County almost became Michigan’s first so-called “sanctuary county” for gun rights.  But that effort fell through Tuesday evening, as confusion and disagreements within the mostly Republican Monroe County Board of Commissioners marred a vote on the issue. The vote would have come just one day after a large gathering of gun rights […]

‘It’s a real loss for survivors.’ Domestic violence law remains stalled in U.S. Senate.

BY: - January 22, 2020

WASHINGTON — For decades, the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) was an issue that could transcend partisan politics on Capitol Hill.  Not anymore.  The landmark law — first passed in 1994 to protect victims of domestic crimes — funds programs like rape crisis centers, shelters and legal services to victims of domestic abuse.  But after […]

New report blames gerrymandering for stalled gun-safety bills in Michigan

BY: - December 17, 2019

WASHINGTON — Most Michiganders favor stricter gun laws, recent polling suggests, but efforts to advance gun safety legislation have languished in the state Legislature.  That disconnect is likely due in part to partisan gerrymandering, according to a report released Tuesday by the Center for American Progress, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank that advocates progressive policies.  […]

Bills you may have missed: Universal background checks, pet scams and plugging Nestlé water loophole

BY: - December 8, 2019

December is set to be a busy month in the Michigan Legislature, with a flurry of new bills being introduced and long-idle state budget negotiations finally gaining ground. Here is the Michigan Advance roundup of noteworthy recent legislation you may have missed. Expanding universal background checks On Thursday, six Democrats from both chambers introduced legislation […]

U.S. Supreme Court may sidestep a big 2nd Amendment fight 

BY: - December 2, 2019

WASHINGTON — A high-profile gun rights case argued before the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday might be dismissed with little fanfare.  The justices heard an hour of arguments in the case that challenges now-defunct New York City gun restrictions. The case has been billed as the biggest gun rights lawsuit in a decade, with the […]