Detroit Evening Report: New Michigan gun laws to take effect this week

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Courts and law enforcement in Michigan are getting ready for Michigan’s new “red flag” gun law as well as other firearm safety measures that take effect on Tuesday.

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The “red flag” law is one of a passel of new firearm safety laws about to become enforceable. That also includes a law that requires guns to be safely stored and locked when not in use in homes with children and universal background checks for gun purchases.

The legislation will allow a judge to approve an order to allow law enforcement to temporarily seize guns from a person deemed a threat to themself or others.

There are questions about how the new law will be enforced. But State Court Administrator Thomas Boyd told Michigan Public Radio that courts and police won’t be starting from scratch.

“The process is very similar to a personal protection order, which has been available for 30 years, and so we really think this is going to roll out in a very similar way,” he said.

The people who can ask for an order include “a spouse, a former spouse, an individual with whom a person has a child in common, there’s a dating relationship, they share the same household, they’re members of the family,” he said. “It also, very importantly, includes law enforcement and health care providers and people who may be in the best position to see when someone is at a crisis.”

Boyd said Michigan also looked to the experience of 20 other states that have “red flag “ laws to develop its rules.

Story by Rick Pluta, Michigan Public Radio Network

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  • Nargis Rahman
    Nargis Hakim Rahman is the Civic Reporter at 101.9 WDET. Rahman graduated from Wayne State University, where she was a part of the Journalism Institute of Media Diversity.