Michigan just enacted sweeping new gun laws, and the reason why will infuriate you

Photo by Karolina Grabowska from Pexels

The Left tries to let no crisis go to waste.

And after a major tragedy took place in the state of Michigan, the leadership there is doing just that.

Now Michigan has just enacted some sweeping new gun laws one year after a shooting at one of its universities took place.

Michigan passes massive gun law changes

On February 13, 2023, a shooting took place at Michigan State University after a gunman stormed the campus, killing several students and wounding others.

Classes have been canceled, and a remembrance gathering is planned on the first anniversary of the incident to honor the three students who died that day: Brian Fraser, Arielle Anderson, and Alexandria Verner.

On the same day, Michigan’s sweeping new gun regulations went into effect.

The new laws implement background checks on all gun purchases, safe storage requirements, and red flag laws, also referred to as “extreme risk protection orders.”

Michigan State University Professor Marco Diaz-Munoz said, “The tragedy cannot be undone. There’s nothing that can compensate for that. But there is hope in moving forward and pushing forward for change.”

Now, anyone who wants to purchase a gun in the state of Michigan must pass a background check.

The new law also states that gun owners must safely store all firearms and ammunition in the presence of minors.

The red flag law now allows police officers, family members, roommates, mental health professionals, and former dating partners to petition a Judge to remove firearms from anyone that they believe poses an imminent threat to themselves or others.

All three new laws were part of a single, sweeping gun safety package that was initially proposed in 2021 after the Oxford High School shooting left four students dead and others wounded, including a teacher.

In that trial, a Michigan jury found the shooter’s mother guilty of involuntary manslaughter, which makes her the first parent in the country to be held responsible for a child carrying out a mass school shooting.

Investigators say that gun accessibility was a major issue during the trial and that the shooter’s parents, Jennifer and James Crumbley, failed to secure the gun.

James Crumbley is facing trial for the same charge in March.

The law faced an uphill battle

The Michigan gun law package was originally stalled in 2021 when the legislature was under Republican control.

However, it regained new momentum once Democrats secured the House and Senate, while the MSU shooting brought the issue to the spotlight even further.

Oxford and MSU students also rallied at the Capitol, demanding that stricter gun laws be enacted.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed another measure in November that prohibits anyone with domestic violence convictions, even misdemeanors, from possessing a firearm for at least eight years.

The safe storage and background check part of the new package were approved just two months after the MSU shooting, but the red flag law was much more controversial.

Even after the new law was passed, gun control advocates want more, saying that they plan to stage a sit-in at the Capitol this week “to demand continued action on gun violence prevention.”

Informed American will keep you up-to-date on any developments to this ongoing story