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Whitmer will call for red flag, background check gun laws

Governor Gretchen Whitmer 2019 State of the State Address

Governor Gretchen Whitmer will call for new gun control laws when she delivers her State of the State address Wednesday

The governor will call for storage requirements, universal background checks and a red flag law in her annual address. The administration confirmed the details after they were first reported by M-Live. Calls for new gun laws ramped up following the Oxford school shooting in 2021. Democrats, who are now in control of the Legislature, have also put new gun restrictions on their agenda. Republicans have blocked these types of restrictions in the past.

Bridge-Michigan reports the governor will also call for funding to pay for more one-on-one tutoring for students struggling with reading. The governor’s also expected to call for boosting the state’s earned income tax credit and repealing the state’s dormant abortion ban.

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