Legislation that likely would pit Michigan against the federal government in a legal battle over firearms regulations is on its way to a vote by the full Senate after a brief Wednesday committee hearing.
Senate Bill 63 would exempt firearms and firearms accessories made and sold exclusively in Michigan from federal gun restrictions, including those proposed by President Barack Obama in response to last month’s slaying of 20 children and six adults at a Connecticut elementary school. Obama’s proposals include universal background checks for firearms purchases and a ban on assault weapons.
A full Senate vote has yet to be scheduled.
GOP lawmakers have touted the legislation as a way to lure gun manufacturers to Michigan. Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville, and Rep. Joel Johnson, R-Clare, issued a letter inviting Remington Arms Co. to relocate here from New York, which just passed stringent new gun regulations.
Source: Gary Heinlein for The Detroit News