The House moved to broaden gun owners’ rights Thursday by voting to reaffirm the confidential status of gun records, clarify the definition of “brandishing” a gun and lift a ban on short-barreled rifles.
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A separate bipartisan package that passed in the House seeks to clarify a law that prohibits the “brandishing” of a gun in public. The bills would define “brandish” to mean to “point, wave about or display in a threatening manner with the intent to induce fear in another person.” The new definition would authorize a person to openly carry a gun in a holster or sling.
Certain short-barreled shotguns and rifles also would become legal under a Senate bill that will soon go to Gov. Rick Snyder. Owners of those shotguns would need to meet federal requirements under the legislation, which passed 103-6.
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