(Headline USA) Democrats are expected to bring a sweeping 11-bill gun safety package before the Michigan Legislature this week, emboldened by their sweeping victories in statewide elections in November that gave them legislative control.
Michigan Democrats say it is only the beginning of their gun grab.
“Nothing is off the table,” said Democratic state Sen. Rosemary Bayer, who leads the firearm safety caucus.
The package aims to establish safe storage laws, universal background checks and extreme risk protection orders, also known as red flag laws.
“Tyrannical government, like we’re witnessing here today, is why the Second Amendment is here in the first place,” Republican Rep. Angela Rigas said on the House floor prior to Democrats voting to approve universal background checks last week.
Much of the package was crafted by Democrats nearly 15 months ago. The bills saw little movement with Republicans controlling the House and Senate.
But now, with Democrats in full control of state government for the first time in decades, the bills quickly came before House and Senate committees earlier this month.
In Democratic-led states with restrictive gun laws, elected officials have responded to home-state tragedies by enacting and proposing even more limits on guns.
Bayer told The Associated Press that she expects legislation implementing universal background checks and safe storage laws to quickly make it through the state Senate, but that Democrats are “still working on” red flag laws.
Adapted from reporting by the Associated Press