House Republicans Express Concerns Over Gun Safety Package Proposed by Democrats
House Republicans are set to voice their concerns about an 11-bill gun safety package that the Democratic party is pushing through in the Michigan legislature.
The House could take a vote on the package as early as this week.
The gun reforms were introduced following two mass shootings in the state in less than two years, and the sweeping package cleared the state Senate last week.
However, Republicans are staunchly opposed to the reforms, arguing that they infringe on a person’s second amendment rights and will not prevent criminal acts of gun violence.
Despite testimony from shooting survivors and mental health experts, Republicans have suggested that the proposed changes will have a negative impact on law-abiding gun owners.
The comprehensive package includes measures such as requirements for safe storage of firearms, background checks on unlicensed gun sales, and red flag laws that would allow guns to be temporarily taken from someone deemed to be a danger to themselves or others.
Senate Republicans tried and failed to make amendments to the package, and House Republicans are expected to do the same this week.
The proposed reforms are likely to be signed into law by Governor Gretchen Whitmer if they are passed by the House.