The Democratic governor of Michigan, Gretchen Whitmer, signed two new gun laws on Thursday. Guns should always be locked up and out of reach of children, and owners should have to go through background checks.
If you try to buy a gun without the right paperwork, the cops will check your background. Before 2013, when you bought a gun in Michigan, you had to pass a background check. Some gun stores might not do background checks or ask for ID.
On the day the law was passed, Speaker Whitmer said, “Universal background checks will help keep guns out of the hands of violent criminals, domestic abusers, and people on terrorism watch lists and no-fly lists.” Two months ago, a man opened fire at two Michigan State University sites.
Research keeps showing that there are a lot of gun deaths in the United States. No matter how safe a place seems, violent crimes can happen there. She demanded that we leave quickly because the number of people killed with guns was going up.
In East Lansing, Michigan, police killed the guy in his thirties. He killed himself by hitting his head against the hard floor. We had five children, but three of them died when they were still young.
Second, people who live with children should put all weapons and ammunition away.
On Thursday, all members of the three major political groups agreed to support so-called “red flag” legislation, which was passed unanimously by Congress. If the state senate votes for the bill, Whitmer is expected to sign it into law.
In a statement, Whitmer’s office said, “These measures will allow family, friends, and law enforcement who are worried about someone who wants to hurt themselves or others to get a court order to temporarily take away their guns.”
A parent can spend up to 93 days in jail if they know their child has access to a gun and do nothing to take it away. Those who are found guilty could be fined $500.