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Mayors: Bill could make it easier for criminals to get guns

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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

A new proposal is going through Lansing that would get rid of the state's handgun purchase permits.

It would let gun stores to sell guns to customers without going through a state background check -- but a federal background check would still be required.

It's a measure that local mayors like Dayne Walling in Flint, state troopers and domestic violence prevention advocates do not support.

They said it makes it easier for criminals to get their hands on weapons.

They plan a protest at the Capitol on Monday to voice their opposition.

The Owner of Duncan's Outdoor Shop in Bay City says if the bill becomes law, it won't change how he does background checks.

"For a gun shop there's no difference. It's just going to save the state a lot of money," Glenn Duncan said.

He also thinks criminals should think twice before making a purchase if the measure goes through.

"They go back to prison for five years right away with no questions asked. And so not too many felons are going to be running around trying to pick up handguns," Duncan said.

Count on WNEM TV5 to be at the rally on Monday in Lansing.

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