House Democrats to call for universal criminal background checks in Michigan

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LANSING, Mich. (WILX) -- House Democrats in the state Legislature will call on the state to enact universal criminal background checks in Michigan in wake of last month's school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

They'll be holding a press conference at 2:45PM Thursday in the House Democrats' Press Room, S1124 in the Anderson House Office Building, 124 N. Capitol Ave. in Lansing.

State Reps. Robert Wittenberg (D-Oak Park), Scott Dianda (D-Calumet) and John Chirkun (D-Roseville), Brian K. Elder (D-Bay City), Tim Greimel (D-Auburn Hills), Stephanie Chang (D-Detroit) and Jon Hoadley (D-Kalamazoo) will be attending the press conference.

The proposal would close what critics call a "gun show loophole" that allows buyers to purchase rifles and shotguns from private sellers without completing background checks. Private pistol purchases require a permit and a background check here in Michigan.

State Democrats introduced similar legislation in 2017.