LANSING, Mich. (WOOD) — A group of Democratic lawmakers from the east side of the state are introducing legislation that would call for universal background checks before buying any firearm in Michigan.
Pointing out that Michigan has background checks for some types of guns but not others, the group of senators and representatives says it’s time to standardize. On Monday, they announced a package of bills to expand universal background checks for guns to include all types of firearms.
Citing “violent displays of domestic extremism here in Michigan and across our country this past year,” Sen. Rosemary Bayer, D-Beverly Hills, said it was time to update the state’s laws so people “feel a sense of security in their homes, at work, in school, in houses of worship or anywhere they may be.”
“Michigan is one of only four states that require a permit and a background check for purchases of handguns but not long guns or any other firearm,” Bayer continued. “So just think about that: You’d have to complete a background check if you want to buy a pistol, but not if you want to buy an AR-15. Michigan has the 15th highest rate of gun violence in the United States.”
Michigan is the 10th largest state in the nation.
Gun law changes in Michigan have been hard to achieve and with a Republican majority in the Legislature, it is unclear if the Democratic package of bills will receive consideration.