Michigan lawmakers pass red flag gun law; Whitmer expected to sign

Michigan will become the 20th state to adopt such laws

After passing in the state Senate Wednesday, red flag legislation is now headed to Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s desk.

The legislation gives a judge the power to remove guns from people posing a danger to themselves or others. The Senate votes fell along party lines.

MORE DETAILS: What are red flag laws? How can they tackle gun violence?

How it works: A partner, former spouse, family member, law enforcement, or mental health professional can petition a court to have a person’s firearms removed temporarily if they are deemed to be a risk. It’s then up to the person to prove they are not a risk of regaining access to weapons in a court of law.

Michigan will become the 20th state to adopt such laws.

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel released a statement after advocating for red flag laws.

“This law will save lives. What is clear, after years of witnessing horrific gun violence across school campuses, places of worship, and elsewhere, is that some people simply should not have firearms. And often, whether the need to remove a person’s access to a firearm is acute or enduring, there are egregious and abundant warning signs. This law will allow concerned friends, family, and law enforcement to act in a way that prevents senseless gun violence and deaths in our state. If these recent gun safety laws should be challenged in court, I want the people of Michigan to know it will be my duty and honor to defend them. When these laws are enacted, I will use every tool of my office to ensure Michigan residents are informed of these laws and that they will be vigorously enforced.”

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel

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About the Authors:

Jacqueline Francis is an award-winning journalist who joined the WDIV team in September 2022. Prior to Local 4, she reported for the NBC affiliate in West Michigan. When she’s not on the job, Jacqueline enjoys taking advantage of all the wonders Michigan has to offer, from ski trips up north to beach days with her dog, Ace.

Brandon Carr is a digital content producer for ClickOnDetroit and has been with WDIV Local 4 since November 2021. Brandon is the 2015 Solomon Kinloch Humanitarian award recipient for Community Service.