It’s not often that I write an article consisting of a Republican standing up to the NRA and using a little common sense when it comes to gun laws. After all, this is the party that thinks guns have nothing to do with gun violence, or thinks schools should dedicate three weeks of the school year to NRA curriculum.
It’s essentially becoming impossible to have any sort of common sense discussion about guns in this country. When discussing universal background checks for all gun purchases spirals into “you’re trying to trample the Second Amendment and take away my guns” – there’s no longer any hope for rational discourse on the subject.
But every once in a while a Republican will use common sense when it comes to laws or regulations pertaining to guns. Which is what happened in Michigan when Governor Rick Snyder vetoed legislation that would have made it easier for people who are currently the subject of a personal protection order (restraining order) to obtain a gun.
And being that many people who have these orders against them are individuals accused of domestic violence, the NRA-backed legislation potentially could have put victims of domestic violence at an even greater risk.
“We simply can’t and won’t take the chance of exposing domestic abuse victims to additional violence or intimidation. There are certainly some reforms that can improve the way Michigan issues concealed pistol licenses and we support the rights of law-abiding firearm owners, but it’s crucial that we leave in place protections for people who already have endured challenges and abuse,” Governor Snyder said in a statement.
Of course, the NRA isn’t too happy with this veto.
“Simply put, if an individual is a domestic-abuser and has been charged or convicted as such, or a judge has made a determination that the individual should not be allowed to purchase or possess a firearm, that person will be prohibited from receiving a concealed pistol license under SB 789,” the NRA said in a statement.
Yeah, but the issue isn’t those convicted – it’s those still currently being investigated. Just because someone hasn’t been formally convicted doesn’t mean they’re any less dangerous.
It amazes me how absurd these arguments get when it comes to anything that might remotely make it slightly more difficult for someone to obtain a gun. There’s no logical reason why anyone should support a bill that could potentially make it easier for individuals under investigation for domestic abuse to obtain a gun.
And thankfully Governor Snyder has prevented that from happening in Michigan.
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