Events over the past couple of years have drawn attention — often negative — to Americans’ right to own and carry firearms. It’s no secret that I’m a strict constitutionalist — I take very seriously the words our nation’s founders wrote in the Constitution, especially when it comes to our fundamental right to keep and bear arms.
While some states have ultra-restrictive laws and rules about gun ownership, Michigan has long supported the Second Amendment. In fact, Article 1, Section 6 of the Michigan Constitution has enshrined these rights: “Every person has a right to keep and bear arms for the defense of himself and the state.”
It’s unfortunate that, according to the Crime Prevention Research Center, since the 1950s more than 98 percent of mass shootings have occurred in gun-free zones. Time and again we have seen that restricting our Second Amendment rights does not make us safer, but rather, more vulnerable. Those who would seek to commit mass murder are not going to be deterred by gun-free zones.
Recently, I supported legislation that would protect our children and the public who are vulnerable and unprotected in gun-free zones. Senate Bills 584-586 would ensure the safety of students and teachers by allowing individuals who have an enhanced concealed pistol license (CPL) to carry a concealed weapon for their protection.
As I’ve said many times, gun owners are arguably the most respectful, responsible and lawful people among the population. I’m proud to do all I can as your state senator to protect our rights while promoting responsible gun ownership practices. I will continue to do all I can to ensure that our right to own and carry firearms remains unimpeded.
If you are interested in learning more about Michigan’s firearms laws, visit the Michigan State Police website at www.michigan.gov/msp and click on Firearms under the Services tab. Feel free to contact my office if you have any questions about gun owners’ rights. Please email my office at SenJHune@senate.michigan.gov or call toll-free at 855-JOE-HUNE and my staff will be happy to assist you.
Sen. Joe Hune is chair of the Senate Agriculture and Insurance committees. He represents the 22nd state Senate District, which includes all of Livingston County and western Washtenaw County, comprising the cities of Chelsea and Dexter, the townships of Bridgewater, Dexter, Freedom, Lima, Lodi, Lyndon, Manchester, Northfield, Saline, Scio, Sharon, Sylvan and Webster, and parts of Ann Arbor.