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PostSubject: Senate panel to consider bill to ban federal regulation of Michigan-made guns   Fri Jan 18, 2013 6:26 pm

I did not think that Michigan would stand up to the federal government over guns but it looks as if they are going to try. I like the idea that is presented here. Not only would it stick it to the federal government but it will hopefully lure firearm manufacturers into the state and bring much need jobs to us Michiganders.

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LANSING — A state Senate committee is to take up a bill Wednesday aimed at partly nullifying federal gun regulations as President Barack Obama moves to tighten gun control in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., school killings.

The bill would prohibit federal regulation in Michigan of firearms, firearm accessories and ammunition wholly manufactured in Michigan.

Sponsored by Sen. Phil Pavlov, R-St. Clair, and 12 other Republican senators, the bill is largely symbolic and its legality is questionable. One senator said it could also serve as an economic development tool that could attract gun manufacturers to Michigan.

“I am proud to stand with hard-working, law-abiding Michiganders who rightfully own a gun,” Pavlov posted on his Facebook page, saying he introduced the Michigan Firearms Freedom Act “in response to national threats against our 2nd Amendment rights.”

Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge, the former sheriff of Eaton County, said he will take the bill up Wednesday at the Senate Judiciary Committee he chairs.

Jones said the bill “makes a statement to the federal government,” not just about gun rights, but about state rights.

“I also think it’s important to let major gun companies in the U.S. know that we are open for business,” Jones said.

He believes some firearms parts are manufactured in Michigan, but no significant gun makers are located here. Some might be attracted by such a law, he said.

Zack Pohl, executive director of Progress Michigan, said Senate Bill 63 matches model legislation posted on Web sites “written by radical out-of-state special interest groups.”

“It’s ridiculous and offensive that lawmakers think it’s acceptable to take orders from fringe groups and online message boards that talk openly of nullifying federal laws,” Pohl said.

On Wednesday, Obama urged Congress to approve an assault weapons ban and background checks for all gun buyers to prevent incidents such as the Dec. 14 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown in which a gunman killed 20 first-graders and six adults.

Jones said he supports increased background checks but “an assault rifle is an ugly deer rifle” and many in Michigan use similar weapons for hunting.

“We have no idea what the federal government is going to implement,” Jones said.

Jones is a sponsor of the Pavlov bill along with Senators, Mike Green, Tom Casperson, Arlan Meekhof, John Proos, Mark Jansen, Jack Brandenburg, Mike Nofs, Patrick Colbeck, Joanne Emmons, and Jim Marleau.

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