House Waiting Period Bill Secretly Restricts Private Sales

House Waiting Period Bill Secretly Restricts Private Sales

On the surface, House Bill 5658 aims to introduce a seven-day “waiting period” for all firearm sales in the State of Michigan. While the ability to wait for seven days may be a minor inconvenience to some people, there are many individuals who do not have the luxury of planning ahead. People may come into an immediate need to acquire self-defense tools, of which firearms are one of the most useful. In 2015 a New Jersey woman was murdered by her ex-boyfriend while she awaited the state’s approval to purchase a handgun. (Gutowski, 2015)

 

A deeper look at this bill shows us that the law being amended affects licensed firearms dealers and all individuals who wish to sell a firearm. If the bill were signed into law, firearm sales between private parties (non-licensed individuals) would be subject to the seven-day holding period. In effect, this law will make the vast majority of private firearm sales so inconvenient to complete legally that private firearm sales will become non-existent or move entirely to the black market.

 

This is a CALL TO ACTION. Please call and email the chairs of the respective committees in the House and Senate, and request that they let these bills die by refusing to introduce them to the committees.

In the House Military, Veterans and Homeland Security Committee, please contact:

Chair, Beau LaFave  (517) 373-0156, BeauLaFave@house.mi.gov

Other committee members:

Andrew Beeler   (517) 373-0835, AndrewBeeler@house.mi.gov

Julie M. Rogers (517) 373-1785, JulieRogers@house.mi.gov

Gary Eisen (517) 373-1790, GaryEisen@house.mi.gov

Bob Bezotte (517) 373-8835, RobertBezotte@house.mi.gov

David Martin        (517) 373-7557, DavidMartin@house.mi.gov

Sarah Anthony      (517) 373-0826, SarahAnthony@house.mi.gov

Kevin Coleman     (517) 373-2576, KevinColeman@house.mi.gov

Richard Steenland    (517) 373-0854, RichardSteenland@house.mi.gov

References

Gutowski, S. (2015). New Jersey Woman Stabbed to Death by Ex While Waiting for Gun Permit. Washington Free Beacon. Retrieved 30 December 2021, from https://freebeacon.com/issues/new-jersey-woman-stabbed-to-death-by-ex-while-waiting-for-gun-permit/.

 

Joe Brungardt

District 10 Representative

Legislative Committee Member

Brian Ellison
Brian Ellison
Brian is the District 7 Representative on the Executive Committee and an active member of several committees. He's been a construction professional since 2005, after finishing over 8 years of service in the US Army, including combat tours in Bosnia, Kosovo, and Iraq. Brian has been a candidate for Congress, Senate, and US President. He gained international press coverage for his "Arm the Homeless" initiative in 2018. He hates the government more than you do.