Michigan’s recent introduction of 11 firearm control bills has sparked a recall effort by a Second Amendment advocacy group called Great Lakes Gun Rights (GLGR).
Following the MSU shooting, Democrats proposed several firearm control measures, including universal background checks and seizure of firearms, which GLGR’s Executive Director, Brenden Boudreau, condemned as “politically motivated.”
GLGR announced plans to collaborate with local activists and voters to recall any politician who supports the bills.
Firearm Control Legislation Introduced After MSU Shooting
After 11 firearm control bills were introduced in Michigan in response to the recent MSU shooting, Great Lakes Gun Rights (GLGR), a Michigan-based Second Amendment advocacy group, announced plans to recall lawmakers who support firearm control.
GLGR will work with grassroots political activists to recall politicians who push for restrictive firearm control bills.
The proposed firearm control legislation includes universal background checks, seizure of firearms, a permit-to-purchase system, red flag laws, and updated firearm storage laws.
The GLGR announcement follows Democratic Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s statement in support of firearm law reform.
Just three days after the shooting at MSU, Michigan lawmakers introduced multiple gun safety bills, including bills that would:
– Require background checks on all gun sales
– Require secure storage of guns and ammunition
– Create an Extreme Risk lawhttps://t.co/GfkjsqhlJh
— Everytown (@Everytown) February 21, 2023
However, Executive Director Brenden Boudreau of Great Lakes Gun Rights condemned the bills introduced by Michigan Democrats, labeling them more extreme than California’s firearm control measures.
In a statement, Boudreau called on Michigan Democrats to abandon their “politically motivated” efforts and urged Republicans to oppose the bills.
He warned that if lawmakers did not change their position, GLGR would collaborate with local activists and voters to recall any politician who voted for the bills.
MSU Shooter Previously Charged for a Firearm-Related Felony
Anthony Dwayne McRae, the perpetrator of the Michigan State University (MSU) shooting, had been arrested before for a felony firearm charge.
However, these charges were, later on, dropped by a district attorney. Had he been sentenced for carrying a concealed weapon without a license, he would have been barred from owning a firearm.
MSU shooter had a criminal record including a felony for possession of a loaded weapon.
HE ONLY SERVED ONE DAY.
Shocking that he got released and continued to be a criminal.
Shocking, I tell you.
Whoever is to blame here, it sure as fuck isn't American gun owners. pic.twitter.com/HBpiXwEpot
— Fenix Ammunition (@FenixAmmunition) February 14, 2023
McRae was apprehended by the police after the shooting with two legally purchased 9mm hand firearms, along with additional magazines and ammunition.
Although the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) confirmed the weapons were legal, they were not registered.
According to GLGR’s press release, the group plans to use Chapter 18 of the Michigan Election Law as the basis for the recall process. This chapter states a recall election can be initiated if a petition is signed by 25% of the cast votes within a 60-day period.
The law also specifies that only individuals are allowed to sign for themselves.
During a press conference held after the MSU shooting, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer expressed her concern and said places like schools, colleges, and movie theaters should not become the sites of bloodshed.
She stated this was a uniquely American problem.
The request for comment from the Daily Caller News Foundation was not immediately responded to by Whitmer’s office.