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Monday, 28 January 2013 10:57

Senator Green testifies in support of firearms retailer legislation

(AREA) -- State Senator Mike Green of Mayville testified last week on Senate Bill 60, legislation he sponsored that would clarify the definition of a "federally licensed firearms dealer" under state law. According to Green, the pistol purchase permit reforms passed last year cannot be fully implemented in our state because of a technical definition in state law. The legislation removes unintended obstacles to the exercise the Second Amendment in an industry that supports thousands of jobs in Michigan. Although intended to be industry-wide, the reforms only applied to certain firearms retailers because of an obscure, outdated definition in state law of a licensed dealer. The technicality has caused widespread confusion among law enforcement, firearms retailers and consumers. Green's legislation changes the definition to include any retailer licensed under federal law to sell firearms. It does not affect state or federal background check requirements for purchasing a firearm in any way. Green represents the 31st Senate District, which includes Arenac, Bay, Huron, Sanilac and Tuscola counties.