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Michigan Senate to Propose New Gun Bill

Michigan Gun Bill

With so much media coverage about guns, have you wondered when we would hear about new legislation?

Well, you don’t have to wait any longer. Today, there will be a proposed compromise for a bill that will enforce background checks for anyone looking to purchase a gun. That will include gun shows.

Gun violence has been a major headline topic over the past year. Some are saying that 2012 was one of the deadliest years for the U.S. Here in Detroit, we are no strangers to gun violence. Last year, out of the 411 homicides- 333 were shootings.

In March, I shared about Detroit’s plan to cut gun violence 25% by the end of this year. You can read that article here, Detroit’s Plan to Cut Gun Violence.

According to the Huffington Post,

The contours of the deal are not far from where previous negotiations ended. The bill would expand background checks to all commercial gun transactions, including those that take place at gun shows, according to a source close to negotiations. It would exempt family transfers and gifts or temporary transfers for hunters and sportsmen, though the exact language was still being negotiated.”

The negotiations have developed between Senator Joe Manchin, a democrat from West Virginia, and Senator Pat Toomey, a republican from Pennsylvania.

Whether the negotiations will prove to be successful is still unknown. However, the Huffington Post reports that the “agreement would represent a major breakthrough.”
The real and important questions are:

What do you think?

  • Can you get behind extending background checks for those wanting to purchase a gun?
  • Do you feel that infringes on your constitutional rights?
  • Do you think that will help to fight on gun violence?
This article was published on: April 10, 2013 and was last modified April 12, 2013