gun rights http://michiganradio.org en Governor Snyder made gun ownership records private http://michiganradio.org/post/governor-snyder-made-gun-ownership-records-private <p></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Most of us don’t completely trust the government. We certainly don’t want government to be able to prevent us from getting information we want or need.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">We are against governments suppressing information…unless it is stuff that we personally want suppressed.</span><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Then that’s different, of course.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">I thought of that this week when Governor Rick Snyder signed legislation that prevents the press or public from being able to get gun records. From now on, we will be unable to find out who owns guns, and who has permits and licenses to have them.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Well, conservatives and gun lovers are thrilled about this, and I’m not surprised. For some reason, those who most feel the need to be heavily armed seem also to be the most paranoid.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">State Representative Aric Nesbitt, who enthusiastically backed these bills, said: “By allowing publication of private information about gun owners, some other states have put gun owners and their neighbors at risk. We want to prevent that from happening."</span></p><p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 14:21:47 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 18184 at http://michiganradio.org Governor Snyder made gun ownership records private Proposed expanded background checks brings out supporters and opponents http://michiganradio.org/post/proposed-expanded-background-checks-brings-out-supporters-and-opponents <p>Supporters and opponents of expanding background checks for gun buyers in Michigan were at the state capitol today.</p><p><a href="http://www.legislature.mi.gov/(S(nsihlyngmqdnsgqp5glaex45))/mileg.aspx?page=getObject&amp;objectName=2013-HB-4774">House Bill 4774</a> has sat in the state House Judiciary committee for a year without ever being brought up for a committee hearing.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>The bill would expand state background checks to include long guns.</p> Wed, 14 May 2014 19:50:21 +0000 Steve Carmody 17601 at http://michiganradio.org Proposed expanded background checks brings out supporters and opponents House passes legislation to clarify 'brandishing' and protect gun owners' privacy http://michiganradio.org/post/house-passes-legislation-clarify-brandishing-and-protect-gun-owners-privacy <p>LANSING –&nbsp;The House moved to broaden gun owners' rights Thursday by voting to reaffirm the confidential status of gun records, clarify the definition of "brandishing" a gun and lift a ban on short-barreled rifles.</p><p>A Republican package of bills passed by a wide margin, with 81-28 being the closest vote. The bills would codify a 1999 Michigan Supreme Court decision that found the disclosure of gun registry records to be "a clearly unwarranted invasion of an individual's privacy."</p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 15:57:10 +0000 The Associated Press 16851 at http://michiganradio.org House passes legislation to clarify 'brandishing' and protect gun owners' privacy Gun rights advocates to march in Grand Rapids this afternoon http://michiganradio.org/post/gun-rights-advocates-march-grand-rapids-afternoon <p>Supporters of Michigan’s laws allowing people to openly carry guns plan to march through Grand Rapids this afternoon.</p><p>They’re supporting Johann Deffert, a Grand Rapids resident who’s suing the city in federal court. Deffert claims his constitutional rights were violated a year ago when Grand Rapids police briefly detained him for openly carrying a gun as he walked through a residential neighborhood.</p><p>For more than a year, open-carry advocates have been demanding Grand Rapids repeal a local ordinance they believe is unconstitutional.</p> Sun, 02 Mar 2014 13:25:08 +0000 Lindsey Smith 16676 at http://michiganradio.org Gun rights advocates to march in Grand Rapids this afternoon Rally at Michigan Capitol for gun control http://michiganradio.org/post/rally-michigan-capitol-gun-control <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - About 200 people have turned out at the Michigan Capitol for a rally in favor of putting more restrictions on gun ownership.<br><br>They shared the grounds Saturday with dozens of other people who are opposed to new restrictions.<br><br>Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero told the crowd that "sensible gun laws," not more guns, will make communities safer. The rally included the five Michigan chapters of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. Survivors of gun violence also attended.<br> Sat, 13 Apr 2013 23:44:00 +0000 The Associated Press 12132 at http://michiganradio.org Rally at Michigan Capitol for gun control Hundreds gather for pro-gun rally at state Capitol http://michiganradio.org/post/hundreds-gather-pro-gun-rally-state-capitol <p>Hundreds of people came to the state Capitol today to voice their support for pro-gun legislation.</p><p>Many openly carried firearms, which is allowed in and around the Capitol building.</p><p>Jim Gulliksen is with the Michigan Militia Corps of Wolverines.</p><p>He says he’s happy that state lawmakers have taken up a number of pro-gun bills recently.</p><p>“Lansing has shown some trends lately to reduce some of the restrictions, as far as like the pistol purchase permit and some of the controls on where you can carry weapons. We do like to see that.”</p><p>There are several gun-related bills in the Michigan Legislature. Very few have moved out of committee so far this year.<br><br>Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville says things like road funding and other budget issues are more pressing.</p><p> Wed, 20 Mar 2013 19:46:15 +0000 Jake Neher 11785 at http://michiganradio.org Hundreds gather for pro-gun rally at state Capitol Commentary: Gun laws and forgetting our history http://michiganradio.org/post/commentary-gun-laws-and-forgetting-our-history <p>Pretty much everyone remembers George Santayana’s famous saying that those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. I’m pretty sure he wasn’t talking about the Republicans in Michigan’s state senate, but he could have been.</p><p>Real life is different from fiction. In the real world, things happen that are just too crazy for anyone to make up. And if there’s any political question that we can say has been settled for all time, it is that federal law always trumps state law. When they conflict, federal law is the law.</p><p> Mon, 21 Jan 2013 13:36:21 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 10863 at http://michiganradio.org Commentary: Gun laws and forgetting our history Grand Rapids gun law may violate Michigan law, but city has “no interest” in changing it http://michiganradio.org/post/grand-rapids-gun-law-may-violate-michigan-law-city-has-no-interest-changing-it <p>A debate about guns is brewing in the City of Grand Rapids.</p><p>At Grand Rapids City Hall Tuesday night, several people had pistols holstered at their hips for a commission meeting.</p><p>They’re part of <a href="http://www.miopencarry.org/">Michigan Open Carry</a>, a group that’s pressuring commissioners to change a local law. It bans loaded firearms here, or any public place in Grand Rapids.</p><p>Mayor George Heartwell says he has a “very healthy respect for guns” but he doesn’t think they belong at city hall.</p> Wed, 09 Jan 2013 06:31:36 +0000 Lindsey Smith 10682 at http://michiganradio.org Grand Rapids gun law may violate Michigan law, but city has “no interest” in changing it Michigan Court of Appeals shoots down Lansing library firearms ban http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-court-appeals-shoots-down-lansing-library-firearms-ban <p>A state court has struck down a Lansing library’s ban on people openly carrying guns in its branches.</p><p>The Capitol Area District Library instituted its policy banning patrons from openly carrying firearms in 2005.</p><p>A group called Michigan Open Carry challenged the ban, claiming the ban violated a state law which blocks local units of government from instituting rules that restrict gun owners.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; And a majority of the Michigan Court of Appeals agreed.</p><p>From the conclusion of the opinion released by the Court of Appeals:</p> Fri, 26 Oct 2012 16:30:05 +0000 Steve Carmody 9641 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Court of Appeals shoots down Lansing library firearms ban