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Following the introduction of legislation in Michigan on background checks and extreme risk laws after the February 13 mass shooting on the campus of Michigan State University, Amnesty International USA’s Program Director for Ending Gun Violence, Ernest Coverson, issued the following statement:

“The circumstances surrounding the recently proposed legislation from the Michigan State Senate are extremely unfortunate; however, this legislation is an important step toward preventing gun violence and ensuring that tragedies like the recent shooting at Michigan State University never happen again.”

“Michigan legislators introduced over a dozen bills to curb gun violence in the state, such as universal background checks for all gun purchases and red flag laws that allow judges to confiscate guns from someone deemed a risk. While we commend the bold legislation from the Michigan State Senate, these bills would not have come without the activists and leaders long fighting on the ground in Michigan to protect their local communities.”

“We urge Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to sign this package of gun safety bills as a commitment to the people of Michigan, to demonstrate that their state leaders are dedicated to creating laws that meet the needs of their constituents.”

“While this package of bills is a crucial step in ensuring the safety of all Michigan residents, Amnesty International USA alongside the rest of the End Gun Violence Michigan coalition, is committed to remaining vigilant in the fight to ending this gun violence epidemic.’”

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