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New MI gun law will make police safer

Governor Gretchen Whitmer told a police officers’ group today (FRI) that Michigan’s new gun laws will save lives and make law enforcement safer. She signed laws this week to require guns to be secured where children can’t get them. The new laws will also require universal background checks for gun purchases. Whitmer said gun violence is the leading cause of death among children in the US. But she said it’s a growing danger to police officers across the country.

Governor Whitmer had this to say, “We also know that too many criminals have an easy time getting their hands on guns, perpetuating cycles of violence and endangering communities. Too many of those that have been lost to gun violence are law enforcement officers who serve in the line of duty."

The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund says 64 officers were shot and killed in the line of duty in 2022. Whitmer was speaking to the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives at a meeting in Detroit.

Rick Pluta is Senior Capitol Correspondent for the Michigan Public Radio Network.