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Dearborn Mayor Among Opponents of Private Gun Sales Bill

The pending legislation would end the requirement of background checks in private party gun sales.

Dearborn Mayor Jack O'Reilly is joining a coalition of other Michigan mayors in voicing opposition to a bill that would eliminate the requirement of background checks in handgun sales by private parties.

Currently, background checks are required for any person looking to purchase a handgun in Michigan, be it from a dealer or a private owner. House Bill 5225, which was passed by the state House of Representatives in June and currently sits before the state Senate, would change that.

According to the Mayors Aggainst Illegal Guns Coalition, that comprises half of all gun sales in Michigan and would make it easier for convicted felons, domestic abusers and others who are banned from gun ownership easier to obtain a handgun, no questions asked.

“This bill would make it easier for convicted criminals and persons with severe mental illness to obtain deadly weapons, and make it more difficult for our police officers to protect themselves and our communities,” the mayors wrote in a letter sent to State Senate leaders and Gov. Rick Snyder this week.

The mayors who signed the opposition letter are all members of the national, bipartisan Mayors Against Illegal Guns coalition and collectively represent more than one million Michigan residents. In addition to O'Reilly, they include Ann Arbor Mayor John Hieftje; Detroit Mayor Dave Bing; Flint Mayor Dayne Walling; Hamtramck Mayor KarenMajewski; Saline Mayor Gretchen Driskell; Southfield Mayor Brenda L. Lawrence; and Ypsilanti Mayor Paul T. Schreiber.

Those interested can view the whole letter here.

A Senate vote on the bill is expected as soon as next week.

Daniel R. Hawkins October 02, 2012 at 03:28 PM
Dearborn's mayor is something like a managed puppet of in correct presuppositions and special interests.
Moe October 02, 2012 at 07:20 PM
As silly as he is, I'm not surprised that O'Reilly has joined Mayor Bloomberg's group. Bloomberg has spent millions of his own and taxpayer money trying to prevent law abiding citizens from owning firearms. These laws do nothing to stop crime. Criminals don't bother with the paperwork. That's why they are criminals, they don't do things the right way. O'Reilly like the other mayors think that if they harass law abiding people enough that the criminals will stop using guns.

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