Michigan Senate Approves Red Flag Law, Expanded Background Checks

  • The Michigan Senate passed a package of gun legislation on party lines this week, aiming to expand background checks, enact safe storage requirements, and add red flag laws.
  • The bills pushed by Democrats are intended to reduce gun violence following a Feb. 13 shooting at Michigan State University that killed three students and wounded five more.
  • The 11-bill package would require guns to be securely stored in homes where children are present. A violation of this bill would be a misdemeanor, unless a minor accessed a gun, and then penalties could augment.
  • Senate Bill 83 seeks to add red flag laws, which allow some individuals including a spouse or family member to file for an extreme risk protection order against an individual.
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