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Oxford school shooting renews debate in Lansing over gun control

A gun display case at Central Texas Gun Works in Austin, Texas.
Miguel Gutierrez Jr.
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A gun display case at Central Texas Gun Works in Austin, Texas.

There’s a renewed debate in the state Legislature over Michigan’s gun laws following the Oxford school shootings.

Republican Majority Leader Mike Shirkey said he’s waiting for more details on what happened. He also says safety measures need to be balanced against personal freedom.

“If we get obsessed with eliminating all risks, we will then develop and evolve into a country we won’t recognize.”

Democratic Senator Rosemary Bayer represents the area where the shooting occurred. “I don’t there’s one single answer for this except get rid of more guns. We’ve got too many guns.”

There are almost 50-gun bills stalled in the Legislature right now. Those include requiring background checks, safe storage, and allowing family members to ask authorities to confiscate firearms if someone poses a risk.