Lawmakers block votes on gun storage, background checks after Texas shooting

Lansing — Michigan Republican lawmakers blocked Democratic attempts Wednesday to force action on gun control measures, a day after a gunman killed 21 people at a Texas elementary school.

Senate Democrats successfully made a procedural move to bring a set of bills to impose new storage standards for firearms to the Senate floor for a vote, discharging the proposals from committee in order to set up action before the full Senate. However, Republicans who control the chamber quickly voted to send the bills back to the Government Operations Committee.

In the House, Democrats attempted to tie a school safety bill under consideration by the chamber to bills requiring safe storage standards and background checks for firearm purchases. But both amendments were rejected by the Republican-controlled chamber.

Sen. Rosemary Bayer at a press conference on Dec. 9, 2021, to introduce bills to limit magazines to 10 rounds. Michigan Republicans blocked a Democratic attempt Wednesday to bring a set of bills to impose new storage standards for firearms up for votes in the state Senate.

“This is an urgent situation we are facing,” Sen. Rosemary Bayer, D-Beverly Hills, said in a speech on the Senate floor. “We have been talking to you about this for years, over and over again. This is urgent now because again we did nothing after the Oxford shootings. We did nothing after the Buffalo shootings. Now, we don’t want to do anything today.

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