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Michigan Republicans block gun control votes after Texas shooting

Michigan Republican lawmakers blocked Democrats' efforts to vote on gun control Wednesday at the Lansing capitol. File Photo by Kevin Tavares/Shutterstock
Michigan Republican lawmakers blocked Democrats' efforts to vote on gun control Wednesday at the Lansing capitol. File Photo by Kevin Tavares/Shutterstock

May 25 (UPI) -- Republican state lawmakers in Michigan blocked Democrat's efforts to bring gun storage safety and background check bills to a vote Wednesday, one day after the mass shooting at an elementary school in Texas.

Michigan's bills would require safe storage standards for guns that could be accessed by a minor and background checks for firearm purchases.

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Senate Democrats made a procedural move Wednesday to bring the bills out of the Government Operations Committee for a vote before the full Senate, but Republicans who control the chamber quickly voted to send the bills back.

"This is an urgent situation we are facing," Democratic state Sen. Rosemary Bayer said in a speech on the Senate floor. "We have been talking to you about this for years, over and over again. This is urgent now because again we did nothing after the Oxford shootings. We did nothing after the Buffalo shootings. Now, we don't want to do anything today."

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One bill would require gun owners to lock up their weapon or face criminal charges if accessed by a minor. The other would make it a misdemeanor to knowingly sell certain firearms to anyone under the age of 18.

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"They have been languishing in committee for nearly a year," said Rosie Jones, a spokeswoman for Senate Democrats. "We moved to discharge them and get the bills headed in the direction of the governor's desk."

Republican state Rep. Luke Meerman said recommendations on school safety, law enforcement and mental health improvements in the wake of Michigan's Oxford school shooting last November, would be released in the next couple of weeks.

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"Our goal has always been a consensus report that all of us can sign and finding things that we think are going to be very fundamental and instrumental in helping to hopefully make some serious changes," Meerman said.

Tuesday's mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, killed 19 students and two teachers. Authorities have identified the shooter as 18-year-old Salvador Ramos who was killed by law enforcement officers.

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