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News from Progress Michigan
Thursday, January 18, 2013
Contact: Jessica Tramontana, email@example.com, 517-974-6302
Bill copy and pasted from fringe Missouri legislation
LANSING – In response to 13 Republican senators introducing Senate Bill 63, the so-called “Michigan Firearms Freedom Act,” Progress Michigan called on all members of the Michigan Legislature to stop introducing legislation written by radical out-of-state special interest groups.
“Once again, Lansing politicians have been caught copying their homework,” said Zack Pohl, Executive Director of Progress Michigan. “It’s ridiculous and offensive that lawmakers think it’s acceptable to take orders from fringe groups and online message boards that talk openly of nullifying federal laws. It’s time for lawmakers to stop pushing this model legislation on the people of Michigan.”
SB 63 would prohibit federal regulation of firearms, firearms accessories, and ammunition made in Michigan. Nearly all of the bill is identical to Firearms Freedom Acts already introduced in 34 other states.
Model bill language and legislative tracking maps for the Firearms Freedom Act can be found on the gun activist website FirearmsFreedomAct.com. It was also introduced in Michigan by then-Rep. Phil Pavlov on August 11, 2009.
Writing about then-Rep. Pavlov’s legislation in 2009, the website of the “Tenth Amendment Center” proclaimed that “the principle behind such legislation is nullification, which has a long history in the American tradition.”
NOTE: Model bill language and a map recording where “clones of the Firearms Freedom Act” have been introduced can be viewed at firearmsfreedomact.com
Missouri’s House Bill 361 can be viewed at scribd.com/doc/120844303
Senate Bill 63 can be viewed at scribd.com/doc/120844832