Hoping to stop potential votes by a lame-duck Legislature, Michigan mayors and police officers on Monday said no longer requiring handgun owners to have a license would allow 50,000 sales each year in the state without criminal background checks.Interesting that the police are in favor of maintaining this important gun control restriction. The gun-rights folks never tire of repeating the lie that the cops are on their side.
Federally licensed firearm dealers are required to conduct background checks so felons, drug dealers and others cannot buy a gun - and that will stay the same no matter what.
But legislation that quietly cleared the Republican-controlled House in June - and is pending in the GOP-led Senate - would eliminate background checks for person-to-person sales at gun shows, on the Internet or elsewhere.
The tragedy of this is it would move Michigan in the wrong direction. How anyone could think that's a good thing is beyond me.
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