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Gun Policy News, 24 March 2001


24 March 2001

Detroit Free Press

LANSING — Michigan's new concealed weapons law was caught in a crossfire of paperwork Friday as opponents filed petitions seeking to stop it with a public referendum and advocates filed a lawsuit to keep it alive. Members of the group People Who Care About Kids took the first step Friday morning, submitting what they said were 260,000 signatures to the state Bureau of Elections. If certified, the petitions would suspend implementation of the new law, scheduled for... (

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24 March 2001

Detroit News

LANSING, Michigan — Opponents of the state's new concealed weapons law delivered nearly 260,000 petition signatures to the Secretary of State's office Friday in an attempt to force a statewide referendum on the measure. Hours later, the petition was already facing a legal challenge. Lansing attorney Peter Ellsworth asked the Michigan Court of Appeals to reject the petition and stop the state from counting the signatures. Members of an anti-concealed weapon coalition... (

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24 March 2001

Associated Press

DETROIT — A Wayne County Circuit Court judge ruled Friday that a state statute blocking lawsuits filed by Wayne County and Detroit against the gun industry is unconstitutional. Judge Jeanne Stempien's ruling allows the two pending lawsuits to proceed. "This is a really huge victory for the citizens of Michigan and the taxpayers of Michigan who've suffered at the hands of the gun industry," said Brian J. Siebel, senior attorney for the Center to Prevent Handgun... (

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