Bill package aims to guarantee added protections to Michigan gun owners during an epidemic

Bill package aims to guarantee added protections to Michigan gun owners during an epidemic

gun holster.JPG LANSING, Mich. — Michigan lawmakers are considering a set of bills aimed at ensuring added protections to gun owners during an epidemic. The House Oversight Committee heard testimony Thursday on HB 5187 and HB 5188 , which would prohibit Michigan’s governor and state health department from issuing executive orders that limit or shut down shooting ranges or gun stores during an epidemic. It would also ban any limits on how many guns could be bought at one time in Michigan during an epidemic. Since the COVID-19 pandemic began in 2020, gun sales have been on the rise . A study done by the General Social Survey at the University of Chicago found the number of American households with guns is up 7% from 32% in 2016. There’s also been a jump in first-time gun owners since the pandemic began. Early on in the pandemic, the governor’s executive orders forced some gun stores to close along with other businesses during statewide shutdowns. Marcy Jankovich, leader of the Well-Armed Woman group in Jackson County, spoke in front of the committee on Thursday in support of the legislation. “I won’t stand for any of my civil rights to be violated,” she said. Advocates of the bills, like Jankovich, say the bills simply take steps to protect the rights given in the Constitution in case the state tries to overstep its bounds. “I have a right to bear arms and if you close the shops and you close the training, especially […]

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