Jones introduces gun rental reforms

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LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Rick Jones on Wednesday introduced a package of legislation strengthening the gun rental process.

Senate Bills 1044-1047 would establish stricter procedures to better ensure that those who are legally prohibited from owning or possessing a gun cannot obtain one.

“These reforms are in response to a tragedy in which an ex-boyfriend with a personal protection order against him rented a firearm from a gun range, walked away with the weapon, and then used that gun to murder his former girlfriend and end his own life,” said Jones, R-Grand Ledge. “I have been working diligently on these bills to ensure we are taking necessary steps to prevent violent people from getting their hands on a firearm.”

Under the bills:
• In order to rent a handgun at a shooting range, an individual must have direct supervision of a range master or an instructor of a safety class. If an individual intends to rent a gun and go on the range alone then they must pass a National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) background check, have a concealed pistol license (CPL), or have a permit to purchase a firearm.
• Federal firearm license (FFL) dealers would be required to notify law enforcement within one hour if someone attempts to purchase a gun and fails an NICS background check.
• CPL holders who have had their license suspended and fail to surrender it to the county clerk within 15 days, would be guilty of failing to do so and would be ineligible to get another CPL for three years.

“These are commonsense reforms that will help prevent senseless tragedies,” Jones said. “I thank the Michigan State Police for their interest and input in making our communities safer.”

SBs 1044-1047 were referred to the Senate Government Operations Committee for consideration.