Michigan may have a hunting and gun culture, but legislative Democrats are doing everything in their power to change that.
The latest example comes as House Democrats have proposed HB 4184, a bill to ban those 18 and under from “using or possessing certain BB guns outside of their property,” according to the summary.
State Rep. Julie Rogers, a Democrat from crime-riddled Kalamazoo, filed the bill earlier this session.
The bill is to “regulate the possession or use of pneumatic guns,” that is, those that are designed to use air pressure to propel the projectile. The bill bans kids from having guns “that will expel a BB or pellet by spring, gas, or air.”
“An individual less than 18 years of age shall not use or possess a pneumatic gun outside the curtilage of the individual’s dwelling unless the individual is accompanied by another individual over 18 years of age,” it states.
A child who breaks the proposed law “is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for not more than 90 days or a fine of not more than $500.00, or both.”
“Please get your kids outside this summer to make some epic memories before the leftists who have never engaged in such fun ban it,” state Rep. Angela Rigas (R) said in response.
“Allowing kids to use BB guns unsupervised can have life-threatening consequences,” Rogers claimed. “All too often, these guns are treated as toys, without regard to the dangers they pose. As with all types of guns, adult supervision for children to ensure they are following safety precautions is necessary for everyone’s well-being.”
During Rogers’s first term in office (2021), Kalamazoo was one of the most dangerous cities in the state.
According to Neighborhood Scout, Kalamazoo’s violent crime rate was nearly four times that of the state’s. Residents had a 1-in-21 chance of being the victim of a property crime. The city suffered 191 crimes per square mile, compared to 23 per square mile statewide.