House bill seeks to make owning an ‘assault weapon’ a felony

ar15LANSING, Mich. — New legislation introduced by Michigan Democrats seeks to make it a felony to own weapons defined as assault weapons.
State Rep. Robert Wittenberg, D-Oak Park, presented the bill Wednesday with support from Rep. Jim Townsend, D – Royal Oak. Neither was available to make a comment.
If passed, House Bill 5996, or the “Assault Weapon Regulation Act,” would turn the manufacturing, purchasing, possessing, selling and transferring of “assault weapons” into a four-year felony. It’s one of nine bills introduced Wednesday aimed at reducing gun violence.
But gun advocates tell FOX 17 they believe it’s a political stunt.
“We’re 22 months into a 24-month legislative session,” said Tom Lambert, a gun advocate for Michigan Open Carry. “I think it’s, what, three weeks till the election? I think everyone can piece together why they are suddenly coming out right now.”…. [read more]

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