Fairfax, Va. – Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed an important pro-gun bill into law, which repeals the previous state ban on the private ownership of short-barreled rifles and shotguns. Senate Bill 610 earned bipartisan support clearing the House by a vote of 103 to 6, and the Senate by a vote of 36 to 2.
"Gun bans don't work and serve only to harm law-abiding gun owners," noted Chris W. Cox, executive director of the National Rifle Association's Institute for Legislative Action. "I am pleased Governor Snyder and lawmakers in Michigan joined the overwhelming majority of our states by allowing their residents the opportunity to possess these firearms," added Cox.
A similar bill recently passed with bipartisan support in Washington State and is sitting on Governor Jay Inslee's desk, awaiting his signature.
Short-barreled rifles and shotguns are already strictly regulated under the National Firearms Act, requiring their buyers to undergo a background check, pay a $200 federal tax and register these firearms with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
"On behalf of the National Rifle Association's five million members, I want to thank Governor Snyder for signing this bill into law and the bill's sponsor, state Senator Michael Green, for championing this important legislation," added Cox. "Victories such as these are critical to ensuring we maintain our Right to Keep and Bear Arms," Cox concluded.
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