gun control

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 […]

Nessel, Michigan Dems back gun control measure before Supreme Court Monday

BY: and - December 2, 2019

WASHINGTON — A momentous clash over gun rights is headed to the U.S. Supreme Court.  The high court is slated to hear oral arguments on Monday in a case over a New York City handgun regulation. It marks the first major gun control dispute to reach the Supreme Court since its ideological shift with the […]

COMMENTARY

Column: More mental health care won’t stop the gun epidemic, new study suggests

BY: , and - November 16, 2019

Guns exact a heavy toll on the American public every day. On the average day, around 100 people die from a gun death. Because of the rise in gun deaths in recent years, the nation now faces a serious man-made epidemic. When people think of firearm death, they tend to focus on mass shootings such […]

Has impeachment quashed gun control prospects? 

BY: - October 15, 2019

WASHINGTON — Gun control policy, not impeachment, was supposed to dominate the discourse on Capitol Hill this fall.  In early August — just two months ago — lawmakers on both sides of the aisle promised a debate on federal efforts to curb gun violence in the wake of the back-to-back mass shootings in Dayton and […]

Nessel backs Vermont high-capacity ammunition ban

BY: - October 15, 2019

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel has joined 17 of her colleagues in supporting gun control measures.  Nessel announced on Tuesday that she had filed a brief with several other attorneys general from around the country pledging support for a Vermont law banning large-capacity magazines in guns.  The Vermont case follows Nessel filing a brief in […]

Speaker directs Democrat to end ‘gun-free’ policy in her House office

BY: - October 2, 2019

Michigan House Speaker Lee Chatfield (R-Levering) says a policy prohibiting guns in the office of state Rep. Kara Hope (D-Holt) is “discriminatory” and has asked her to refrain from implementing the restriction. On open carry day, Sept. 10, when 2nd Amendment activists rallied at the Capitol with firearms, Hope posted a sign on her door […]

Dingell sponsors measure noting intersection of misogyny, domestic violence and gun violence for VAWA anniversary

BY: - September 15, 2019

It’s been 25 years since Congress passed the landmark Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) but the GOP-controlled U.S. Senate still hasn’t reauthorized it. U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Dearborn), a longtime champion of VAWA, has joined with two other congresswomen introduced a resolution noting the interplay between misogyny, violence against women and gun violence. Sept. 13 […]

Shirkey says he’s open to hearing on ‘red flag’ gun control bills

BY: - September 11, 2019

Proposed legislation aimed at curbing gun violence is likely to at least receive a committee hearing in the GOP-controlled state Senate. While it’s unclear when that may occur, Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake) said on a radio show last month that he has committed to holding at least “a hearing or two” on the […]

U.S. House panel advances gun control bills along party lines, as Whitmer joins govs. in urging passage

BY: - September 11, 2019

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House Judiciary Committee committee advanced three gun safety bills on Tuesday, despite unified Republican opposition.  The committee voted along partisan lines to approve “red flag” legislation that seeks to limit access to firearms for those deemed a risk to themselves or others. The committee also voted to advance legislation that would […]

On open carry day at the Capitol, Democrat sponsors bill to end sign ban

BY: - September 10, 2019

Dozens of people gathered outside the Michigan Capitol on Tuesday for the annual pro-gun rally. Many open carried in the halls afterward, as has become a Lansing tradition, although their pro-Second Amendment and pro-President Donald Trump signs had to be left behind. State Sen. Jeremy Moss (D-Southfield) took the opportunity to point out that although […]