The Michigan chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America marched to the State Capitol this morning to ask lawmakers to support stricter gun laws.
Dozens of people from across the state attended the rally. They chanted "Background checks save lives" and handed out cookies to lawmakers, iced with "HB 4774." The group is asking for support of House Bill 4774, which would require background checks on all guns, including long guns such as rifles and shot guns.
Carole Boris came from Livingston County to participate in the rally. She's been a member of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense for America since it began more than a year ago. "We are patterned after 'Mothers Against Drunk Driving.' Its moms in this country that we really feel are so passionate about the issue of protecting children."
Kristen Moore of Ann Arbor says she believes there are many loopholes in state and federal laws that should be tightened.
"Many sales occur through private sellers and there's no background check requirement, so we're trying to close that loophole to keep guns out of the hands of felons, domestic abusers, terrorists, the dangerously mentally ill."
Linda Brundage, Michigan Chapter Leader, says they're not asking for radical change. "It's not anything that gun owners in Michigan are not accustomed to doing for the pistol permitting process. It just takes that law and extends it to long guns."
The group made a stop in the office of Republican Speaker of the House Jase Bolger, to deliver a petition signed by 1,000 citizens. It demands a vote from lawmakers on the bill. The group also introduced a "Gun Sense Voter Pledge," urging voters to vote for candidates who support stricter gun laws.
House Bill 4774 was introduced a year ago. It was referred to the House Judiciary Committee, where it remains today.