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Should Michigan Get Rid Of Pistol Registration?

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Did you know that Michigan is one of only 6 states which mandates that a person cannot purchase, carry, possess or transport a pistol in the state without having obtained a license to do so?

Well State Representatives Lee Chatfield, a Republican from Levering, just introduced a bill to eliminate that law.  House bill 4554 would make it optional to register your pistol with the state and it would also eliminate the $250 fine for not registering your pistol. It would also allow those who have already registered their pistol with the state to request that the Michigan State Police remove their information from the registry.

State Rep. Chatfield stated in a press release:

There is no need for state government to maintain an exhaustive list of law-abiding citizens who legally purchase pistols. Criminals don’t register handguns they misuse for wrong, so what we end up with is a list that intrudes on the civil liberties of honest gun owners exercising their constitutional right to defend their families

What was the original intent of the law to mandate the registration of pistols in Michigan when it was passed in the early 1900’s?

Is the goal of the registration law being met?

What might happen if we were to pass State Rep. Chatfield’s law and we no longer would have to register the purchase of a pistol in Michigan?

Will gun crimes increase?

What is the big deal to mandate people in Michigan to register their purchases of hand guns?

Should the police not have the ability to know who might own a hand gun?

These are all questions I will be asking the owner of Freedom Firearms in Battle Creek Michigan, Joel Fulton on my show today.

Currently HB 4554 has been referred to the House Committee on Judiciary.

The Live with Renk show airs Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to noon, to let me know your thoughts call (269) 441-9595

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