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Michigan legislature violated law to push untruthful antigun propaganda

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Judge finds House violated open meetings act, but dismisses gun group complaint
Arpan Lobo
Detroit Free Press
In this file photo, customers shop for a handgun at Metro Shooting Supplies on November 12, 2014, in Bridgeton, Missouri. A Michigan Court of Claims judge ruled Thursday, Nov. 16, 2023, that the Michigan House of Representatives violated the Open Meetings Act when it held committee hearings on the legislation which eventually created new gun safety laws.
Editor's note: This story has been corrected to reflect that the court's ruling this week was confined to a complaint alleging violations of the Open Meetings Act.

A Michigan judge partly agreed with pro-firearm groups that alleged the Legislature violated open meetings laws when holding public hearings on bills that eventually created new gun safety laws.

Court of Claims Judge James Robert Redford ruled Thursday that the Michigan House of Representatives violated the state's Open Meeting Act (OMA) when holding committee hearings on bills that eventually turned into new laws expanding background checks for gun purchases in Michigan, implementing so-called “red flag” laws allowing a court to temporarily confiscate a firearm from an individual and mandating safe storage requirements to secure guns in homes where children are present.

While Redford agreed that the House violated the OMA by limiting testimony, he wrote there was no reason to issue an injunction against the House, since there’s no indication the House won’t adjust its rules on public testimony moving forward. Redford also wrote there was no indication the Senate violated the OMA. After Redford's ruling, the complaint has been dismissed.