The first bill to pass a chamber of the state Legislature this year is one of several dealing with firearms. The Michigan Senate approved the legislation Thursday.
The bill would change the state’s definition of a “federally-licensed firearms dealer.”
It's a technical fix, according to supporters of the measure. They say state law isn’t in sync with federal regulations. That means some gun dealers can’t sell certain weapons because of a technicality.
A bill that would shield some guns in Michigan from federal regulations is going to the floor of the state Senate. A panel of state lawmakers Wednesday passed the bill along with other gun-related measures.
The federal government would not be able to regulate guns made and sold in Michigan, as long as they don’t cross state lines. It’s a response to recent Obama administration gun control recommendations.
Republican state Senator Phil Pavlov says the federal proposals could threaten both the Second Amendment and states’ rights.
Governor Rick Snyder says he’ll outline a new plan to fund road improvements during his State of the State address on Wednesday. The plan could include higher vehicle registration fees to pay for road projects and maintenance.