Michigan Government Approves Universal Background Checks and Storage Mandates

On April 13, 2023, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed into law several gun control measures that consisted of universal background checks and a mandatory storage requirement for ammunition and firearms. 

“Gun violence is a scourge that is unique to this country, and that’s why we’re taking action,” Whitmer stated. “Across the nation, too many criminals have an easy time getting their hands on guns and perpetuating cycles of violence, endangering families and law enforcement. … This uniquely American problem, we are working and taking steps, today, to address.”

The bills signed into law on April 13 were Senate Bills 79, 80, 81 and 82, in addition to House Bills 4138 and 4142.

Beforehand, a background check was required only when an individual purchased a handgun in Michigan. As of the passage of these new laws, however, background check provisions are now applicable for all firearms purchases.

Michigan was appearing to go through a political realignment as evidenced by former President Donald Trump’s victory in 2016. However, Democrats appear to be dictating the political pace in the state. Michigan is a middling state when it comes to gun rights. According to a Guns & Ammo magazine ranking for best states for gun owners, Michigan is ranked in 25th place. 

The passage of these gun control laws will only worsen Michigan’s gun rights profile. 

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