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Whitmer: New MI gun law will make police safer

Gov. Whitmer signs firearm safety bills
Rick Pluta
Gov. Whitmer signs firearm safety bills

Governor Gretchen Whitmer told a police officers’ group today that Michigan’s new gun laws will make law enforcement safer.

Whitmer spoke to the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives at a meeting in Detroit. She signed a law this week to require guns to be secured where children can’t get them. Another new law will require universal background checks for gun purchases.

The governor also called on the Legislature to send her a “red flag” bill that would allow courts to issue temporary extreme risk protection orders upon the request of police or prosecutors.

“These are measures that we know can help get guns out of the hands of people that pose a threat to themselves or to others or to our law enforcement,” said Whitmer.

The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund says 64 officers were shot and killed in the line of duty in 2022.

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