Brady Bunch is coming to Lansing
Bill introduced in Michigan to prevent people using deadly force to protect themselves from prosecution.
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Michigan targeted: Taking aim at gun control
LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Gun control advocates failed earlier this year to stop a Florida law allowing people to use deadly force to defend themselves without fear of prosecution from being signed by Gov. Jeb Bush.
They aren't going to let it happen again.
National and local groups that want to see tighter restrictions on guns are taking early aim against similar legislation introduced this month in Michigan. The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and the Million Mom March are sending out press releases criticizing the legislation and are calling lawmakers in an attempt to keep the bills from getting out of the House Judiciary Committee.
"This is a byproduct of having missed the boat in Florida,'' said Peter Hamm, director of communications for the Washington-based Brady Campaign. "We have been watching like a hawk for this to surface in other states.''
The battle in Michigan over the so-called deadly force legislation is an important one for both sides. It could open the doors to similar laws across the country, or stop the effort in its tracks.
The Michigan legislation would eliminate the requirement that people being attacked must retreat before responding, as long as they're in a place they legally have a right to be. It would allow people who feel threatened, even in a public area, to "meet force with force'' and defend themselves without facing criminal or civil prosecution.
State Reps. Tom Casperson of Escanaba and Rick Jones of Grand Ledge, both Republicans, introduced the bills. They said that although it would be unlikely for a crime victim to face criminal charges for killing someone in self-defense, a law is needed to guarantee it.
Michigan could be the second state after Florida to take away the threat of prosecution in fatalities caused by people trying to protect themselves.