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Michigan: Senate Expected to Act on Youth Firearm Education Bill This Week

Monday, June 9, 2014

House Bill 5085, a youth firearm education bill that corrects an unduly burdensome restraint on youth firearm education by reasonably expanding the class of individuals who are allowed to supervise and instruct Michigan youth on the safe use of pistols, is awaiting action by the Michigan Senate.

Summer is upon us, and the Boy Scouts of America in Michigan have expressed interest in creating a pistol training program and associated merit badge during their summer programs. Under current Michigan law, an individual who is under the age of 18 is prohibited from possessing a pistol “for the purposes of target practice or instruction in the safe use,” unless the “person’s parent or guardian is physically present and supervising the person.”  As a result, responsible family members, close friends, range instructors and youth organizations (e.g. Boy Scouts of America) are all effectively precluded from supervising and instructing on the safe use of a pistol in a controlled environment.

HB 5085 would allow some of the aforementioned classes of individuals to provide pistol training and safety instruction to Michigan’s youth, while also ensuring that supervision is conducted by a responsible adult.  HB 5085 achieves this goal by amending the current law to provide that an individual who is 21 years or older, has successfully completed a state certified pistol training course and has received parental authorization, may supervise and provide pistol instruction to a minor at a target range.

Please contact your state Senator and respectfully ask that he or she vote for HB 5085.  Contact information for your state Senator can be found here.

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