Michigan expands background checks, requires safe gun storage

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed the gun control package on the Michigan State campus two months after a gunman killed three students.
Former Congresswoman and gun violence survivor Gabrielle Giffords, right, sits next to Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, center, and Rep. Elissa Slotkin, D-Mich., left, during a rally supporting gun reform legislation at the Michigan State Capitol, Wednesday, March 15, 2023, in Lansing, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) signed a package of bills Thursday to expand background checks for gun purchases and require safe gun storage, two months after a gunman killed three students at Michigan State University.

She signed the bills on MSU’s campus, saying that she was “vacillating … between grief for those that we’ve lost and those that continue to live with the trauma inflicted by the daily gun violence in our county” and “gratitude that we are actually finally taking some steps.”

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