LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – Starting Tuesday, new gun safety laws including safe storage, expanded universal background checks, red flag laws and more will apply.
State Attorney General Dana Nessel said all of these laws are intended to help reduce the more than 1,000 fatal shootings in Michigan each year.
“Well, the worst thing we could do in the face of approximately 1,200 gun deaths each year in Michigan is to do nothing. Well, this is the opposite of that,” she said. “We are very encouraged and excited about them because what these laws have shown in other states is a substantial decrease in the number of firearm deaths and injuries.”
Under the new legislation, Michiganders must keep guns unattended unloaded, locked and stored in a secure box if it is “reasonably known” that a minor is likely to be nearby.
Judges may order authorities to temporarily confiscate firearms from those they consider a risk to themselves or others.
Anyone who wants to buy a gun will have to undergo a universal background check and red flag laws will also go into effect.
A firearms instructor and community advocate said that while the laws aim to limit fatal shootings, there are still some questions about how effective they will be.
“I think some laws are useful. As far as achieving the outcome they want, I highly doubt that will have the impact they think it will,” Michael Lynn Jr. said.
He added that regardless of the questions that may still arise, you should investigate how the new laws could affect you.
“Look for them, discover them, get to the bottom of what they mean to you if you are someone who carries a firearm every day. You know, I think the best way people can protect themselves from these laws being used frivolously or against them is to protect themselves by having the knowledge around them,” she said.
Nessel echoed the message and said that education is the key and added that knowing how to follow the laws will save lives.
You can find more information about the laws. here.