Although a large number of states have begun to pass–or passed–new gun control legislation, some have decided to go against the grain. States such as Michigan, Montana, West Virginia, North Dakota, Texas, and others have their own bills put forward, but to protect residents’ Second Amendment rights.
According to The Detroit Free Press, Michigan lawmakers introduced bills that, among other provisions, could exempt the state from federal firearms regulations and shield firearms registration and license information from Freedom of Information Act requests. Another bill seeks to allow guns in schools and other areas. However, there is heavy opposition to the more than a dozen pro-gun bills and experts expect a tense fight.
“The legislative process tends to be more unpredictable. We don’t expect it to be an easy battle, but we expect progress,” said Phillip Hofmeister, president of the Michigan Open Carry Organization. “Pistol-free zones are criminal empowerment zones where criminals will carry guns, but law-abiding citizens can’t.”
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