Payam Javan: Michigan’s governor, Gretchen Whitmer, has signed bills on Nov. 20 that prevent individuals convicted of certain misdemeanors, particularly those related to domestic violence, from owning guns for almost a decade.
The legislation aims to keep firearms away from individuals convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence, protecting survivors and enhancing community safety. The bills cover offenses such as assault and battery, vulnerable adult abuse, and breaking and entering.
While some critics argue that adding nonviolent misdemeanors to the list may face legal challenges, advocates believe the laws align with federal prohibitions and can safeguard against potential Supreme Court decisions.
The move follows a broader effort to address intimate partner violence, with Democrats in Michigan passing previous legislation allowing courts to revoke gun ownership rights for those deemed a risk to themselves or others.