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Some advocates leery of Michigan's domestic abuse gun laws

Feb 6, 2016

Credit Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Victims' rights advocates say Michigan lags behind some other states when it comes to laws meant to keep guns from domestic abusers.

  More than a dozen states have taken steps in the past two years to strengthen laws that would keep guns from domestic abusers. But Michigan State University legal expert April Zeoli says Michigan has no law to ensure those barred by a judge from owning guns in domestic violence cases don't have them.

  An analysis of FBI data by The Associated Press shows an estimated 184 people in Michigan were victims of domestic gun homicide from 2006 to 2014. Most were women.

  GOP state Rep. Peter Lucido of Shelby Township says judges already have enough discretion to take guns away from people in domestic violence cases.