Welcome to my e-newsletter! I’m honored and humbled to serve as our community’s voice at the Capitol in Lansing. As we continue into the term, rest assured that the challenges families in our community and state are facing are at the top of my legislative priorities.
Please do not hesitate to reach out to my office by phone at (517) 373-0152 or email at AmosONeal@house.mi.gov if we can help.
State Representative, 95th House District
In this issue:
Domestic Violence Package
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and I was so pleased to help introduce bipartisan legislation to strengthen domestic violence protections in Michigan. Currently, Michigan law does not prohibit domestic abusers from possessing guns. Senate Bills 678 and 679, and House Bill 5371 and my HB 5372 would close this dangerous gap by prohibiting individuals convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence crimes from purchasing or possessing firearms.
Research has found that the federal law prohibiting gun purchase and possession by people convicted of DV-related misdemeanors led to 17% fewer gun-related homicides among female intimate partner victims and 25% fewer gun homicides among child domestic violence victims. We must hold Michigan to a higher standard and do everything we can to pass this package into law and better protect individuals.
If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, reach out to the National DV Hotline at (800) 799-7233.