Fast Moving Gun Bills in Michigan

PPGV Legislative Update.    May 2017

A recent appeal –

The NRA is pushing a law that would force all 50 states to allow anyone to carry loaded, concealed guns in public, with no background checks or training. At Everytown for Gun Safety, we believe this puts us all at risk. But the NRA won’t be satisfied until anyone — even dangerous people — can carry a gun anywhere. Sign the petition to Congress: Don’t let Donald Trump and the NRA gut our gun laws. Say NO to the NRA’s national concealed carry reciprocity bill.

This is almost exactly HB4416- the law we just testified to in the Michigan House. So far Drs. Andy Zweifler, Cathy Keller, Cheryl Farmer and I have testified and Walter (Mac) Whitehouse and Stuart Dombey have written letters all opposing this permit less concealed carry law. Part of the argument for this is that Indiana already has it and we allow them to carry into our state. Rep. Michelle Hoitenga, the sponsor, says fees prohibit poor people from being able to carry. One major point is that we have gone from 50,000 in 2001 to over 600,000 concealed carry permits- almost 10% of our citizens. Our process while minimal is arguably working and the police don’t want this change. They now deny a few potentially dangerous applicants due to misdemeanors and other restrictions. We know that more guns and weak laws lead to more shootings. I oppose HB4416. My testimony follows. http://HB 4416 Doc1

Cheryl Farmer’s testimony included an exchange from the committee chair, Rep. Runestad, who said that the current process only asks the permit holder to shoot 30 rounds (so isn’t necessary). Dr. Farmer responded that maybe it was inadequate. She then cautioned that we all are responsible for our decisions and this act will likely cause more death. A representative replied that “physician error is the second leading cause of death”. They also challenged the police over second amendment rights to carry trumping police needs for safe interaction with motorists. Dr. Farmer’s testimony here. http://CF test. HB4416

Here is also a link to the Detroit Free Press article at the initial hearing.  http://www.freep.com/story/news/2017/05/16/gun/325838001/

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