gun rights

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 […]

Republican posts ammunition photo in response to Floyd protests

BY: - June 5, 2020

State Rep. Gary Eisen (R-St. Clair Twp.) posted on Facebook this week that he may “load up a few more mags” in response to statewide protests over the death of George Floyd. Floyd, a 45-year-old African American man from Minneapolis, was killed last week by a police officer who pinned a knee on Floyd’s neck. […]

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 […]

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 Senate nixes another Whitmer appointee in continued standoff

BY: - February 27, 2020

Another Gov. Gretchen Whitmer appointee to the Natural Resources Commission (NRC) was rejected by the GOP-controlled Michigan Senate on Thursday.  Former Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell was voted down Thursday after biology professor Anna Mitterling was rejected earlier this month. Democrats have said Republicans displayed sexism and were protecting National Rifle Association (NRA) interests, while […]

House concealed weapons, pot facilities bills advance

BY: - February 26, 2020

House bills concerning concealed weapons and amending the Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act advanced Tuesday. House Bills 5490 and 5491, sponsored by state Rep. Brandt Iden (R-Oshtemo), would allow the Marijuana Regulatory Agency to approve the operation of a medical or recreational marijuana facility. Both bills passed unanimously in the House Judiciary Committee. House Bill […]

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 […]

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, […]

LaFave carries firearm into Capitol, gun is stolen days later

BY: - February 5, 2020

Just days after state Rep. Beau LaFave (R-Iron Mountain) toted an AR-style gun in the Capitol on the night of the Jan. 29 State of the State speech, his Lansing home was broken into and two firearms were stolen, according to the Detroit News. LaFave, who is a vocal Second Amendment advocate who spoke at […]

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 […]