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Michigan Rep. Hope looks to enhance security of gun stores, crack down on illegal sales

Michigan Rep. Hope looks to enhance security of gun stores, crack down on illegal sales
Published: Jun. 23, 2022 at 9:30 AM EDT|Updated: Jun. 23, 2022 at 6:21 PM EDT
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LANSING, Mich. (WILX) - Michigan State Rep. Kara Hope held a press conference Thursday morning regarding four bills that could improve gun legislation in the state.

The package of legislation aims to enhance security at gun stores, crack down on illegal gun sales and prevent the loss of weapons.

Other bills would require employee background checks and reporting lost or stolen firearms within 48 hours.

Hope said failing to regulate gun stores would allow more illegal firearms on the street.

“In our own community, last fall in Delta Township, a gun seller was burglarized -- 60 of those guns went missing,” Hope said. “Some of them recovered in connection with a crime. We have no idea really where all those dozens of guns went.”

Joshua Ramey, the owner of Men of Arms, said some of the bills are redundant and could impact his business.

“If they come out with some outrageous liability number that you have to maintain, means we just couldn’t stay in business because we’d spend more on insurance and liability than we’d be making,” Ramey said.

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