Michigan Lawmakers Haven’t Held Hearings on Bipartisan Bills to Keep Guns out of the Hands of Domestic Abusers
October — National Domestic Violence Awareness Month — is now over, and still the Michigan legislature has not even held hearings on bipartisan legislation that would help keep guns out of the hands of domestic abusers. Committee chair Representative Graham Filler could schedule a hearing at any point but has not chosen to do so.
House bills 4497 and 4498 would prohibit people subject to active personal protection orders and people convicted of certain domestic violence crimes, including dating partners, from possessing or purchasing firearms. This legislation would enable local and state police to effectively protect women and children in Michigan. Research shows that states with laws prohibiting people subject to domestic violence protection orders from possessing firearms have seen a 13 percent reduction in intimate partner firearm homicides and a 10 percent reduction in intimate partner homicides.
Please click here for information on how Michigan’s gun laws compare to other states’, including when it comes to domestic abusers. If you have questions, or to request an interview, please don’t hesitate to reach out.
Did you know?
Every day, more than 110 Americans are killed with guns.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics. WONDER Online Database, Underlying Cause of Death. A yearly average was developed using five years of the most recent available data: 2016 to 2020. Everytown For Gun Safety Support Fund