Multiple bills were signed by Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer targeting the rise in gun violence. The bills signed were Senate Bills 79, 80, 81 and 82 and House Bills 4138 and 4142.
Senate Bill 79 requires an individual to keep a firearm being stored or left unattended on a premises unloaded and locked with a locking device or stored in a locked box or container if it is reasonably known that a minor is or is likely to be present on the premises and establish a range of penalties for a violation.
The bill will also require the Department of Health and Human Services to inform the public of the penalties, publish lethal means counseling literature and provide that literature to federally licensed firearms dealers and revise the wording of a notice that a federally licensed firearms dealer must post on the premises where firearms are sold.
Senate Bill 80 updates the state’s criminal code for safe storage of firearms for child access protection.
Senate Bills 81 and 82 lower the costs of firearm safety devices to ensure owners can safely store their guns.
House Bills 4138 and 4144 closes loopholes in the law and expands universal background checks to all firearms.