Some Michigan state lawmakers see gun control debate as a states' rights issue

Jan 17, 2013

Some Michigan lawmakers say they want to exempt guns and ammunition made, sold and kept in the state from new federal gun control laws.

State Senator Phil Pavlov says his bill, Senate Bill 63, is needed to protect law-abiding Michigan gun owners from officials in Washington trying to infringe on their Second Amendment rights.

“We should be responsible for regulating and setting up the framework for our gun laws in the state of Michigan,” says Pavlov,  “We don’t need the federal government to be stepping in and telling us how to run our business.”

Montana and a handful of other states have passed similar laws.  But the law’s  constitutionality remains in question.

The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms has informed officials in Montana that federal gun control laws supersede state law.

The issue is being litigated in the courts.