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Bill to ban assault weapons proposed by Michigan Democrats

by Brad Devereaux | MLive.com  |  Published on October 25, 2016

LANSING, MI — Michigan Democrats have introduced a package of bills meant to reduce gun violence including one targeting assault weapons, according to a news release from the lawmakers.

State Representative Robert Wittenberg, D-Oak Park, and other caucus members, introduced the gun legislation Wednesday, Oct. 19.

The bill to prohibit and provide penalties for the manufacturing, purchasing, possessing, selling and transferring assault weapons was sponsored by Rep. Wittenberg and Rep. Jim Townsend, D-Royal Oak.

“The right to have a firearm is fundamental in our country, but that doesn’t mean we should have to accept unnecessary injuries and deaths because of them,” Wittenberg said. “I’m proud to be part of these proposals that will restore common sense to our firearms legislation and protect millions of Michiganders from gun violence.”

A draft version of the bill defines “assault weapon” as a semiautomatic pistol or semiautomatic or pump-action rifle capable of accepting a detachable magazine, that has at least one feature including a pistol grip behind the trigger on a rifle, a shoulder stock on a pistol, a barrel shroud, a muzzle break or compensator, or a protruding grip not held by the trigger hand.

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