Michigan: Senate Committee to Consider Multiple Pro-Second Amendment Bills TODAY

April 22 2014
by GSL Staff
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Tomorrow, the Michigan Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to hear multiple pieces of pro-Second Amendment legislation: the Firearms Record Confidentiality Package, House Bill 5087, and House Bills 5091 and 5092.

The Firearms Records Confidentiality Package, as previously reported here, would require that information submitted to the government for purposes of firearms licensing, registration and concealed carry permitting be confidential and not subject to disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act. This package also ensures that the only acceptable disclosure of the information contained in an individual’s firearms records is limited to times when law enforcement believes that: (1) the firearm was used in the commission of a crime; (2) that the individual whose record is being accessed has committed a crime or is a threat to himself, herself or other individuals; or (3) when the safety of the peace officer is at issue. These bills ensure that law-abiding gun-owners will not face unwarranted discrimination or suspicion for exercising their constitutional right to keep and bear arms.

House Bill 5085, introduced by state Representative Phil Potvin (R-102), corrects an unduly burdensome restraint on youth firearm education by reasonably expanding the class of individuals who are allowed to supervise and instruct Michigan’s youth in the safe use of pistols. Under current Michigan law, an individual who is under the age of 18 is prohibited from possessing a pistol “for the purposes of target practice or instruction in the safe use,” unless the “person’s parent or guardian is physically present and supervising the person.” As a result, responsible family members, close friends, range instructors and youth organizations (e.g. Boy Scouts of America) are all effectively precluded from supervising and instructing on the safe use of a pistol in a controlled environment.

If enacted, HB 5085 would open the door for some of the aforementioned classes of individuals to provide pistol training and safety instruction to Michigan’s youth, while also ensuring that supervision is undertaken by a responsible adult. HB 5085 achieves this goal by amending the current law to provide that an individual who is 21 years or older, has successfully completed a state certified pistol training course and has received parental authorization, may supervise and provide pistol instruction to a minor at a target range.

House Bill 5091, introduced by state Representative Joel Johnson (R-97), clarifies the requisite intent necessary to convict an individual of brandishing a firearm. Furthermore, HB 5091 provides explicit protections for individuals who “brandish” a firearm while lawfully acting in self-defense. House Bill 5092, introduced by state Representative Brandon Dillon (D-75), would define the term “brandish” to mean “point, wave about or display in a threatening manner with the intent to induce fear in another person.” These reforms will bring consistency to the law and further protect individuals who are lawfully acting in self-defense.

Using the contact information provided below, please call AND e-mail members of the Senate Judiciary Committee TODAY and urge them to support the Firearms Record Confidentiality Package and House Bills 5085, 5091 and 5092.

Senate Judiciary Committee:

Senator Rick Jones (R-24), Chairman
(517) 373-3447

Senator Tonya Schuitmaker (R-20), Majority Vice-Chairman
(517) 373-0793

Senator Steven M. Bieda (D-9), Minority Vice-Chairman
(517) 373-8360

Senator Tory Rocca (R-10)
(517) 373-7315

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