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Following a shooting at Michigan State University have taken the lives of four people and injured five others, Michigan Senate Democrats have introduced a package of gun reform bills that would impose stricter regulations on firearms, however, it’s crucial to consider the potential consequences of these measures on law-abiding gun owners, as measures like these have the potential to put up barriers for everyday gun owning citizens who wish to protect themselves.

Among these measures are universal background checks for those purchasing firearms, requirements for safe storage of firearms, and ‘red flag’ laws that enable judges to temporarily seize firearms from individuals who pose a risk to others or themselves. These bills have been long-standing priorities for Michigan Democrats, who promised to advance this legislation after taking control of the state Legislature in January.

However, a conservative group has claimed that the package is unconstitutional and jeopardizes the right to bear arms. The Democrats announced on Tuesday that they would expedite the legislation following the deadly shooting on Monday.

The gun legislation proposed by Michigan Senate Democrats poses a potentially immediate threat to the fundamental right to bear arms guaranteed by the Constitution for Michigan residents. Although the Michigan Senate Democrats’ proposed gun reform bills may appear to have good intentions, it is important to acknowledge that criminals often circumvent legal means of obtaining firearms. Legislation of this nature has the potential to impact law-abiding citizens who wish to exercise their right to self-defense more than it can deter criminal activity.

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