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2015 House Bill 4161: Revise firearms "brandishing" law

Public Act 28 of 2015

Introduced by Rep. Holly Hughes (R) on February 5, 2015
To define “brandishing” a firearm as “to point, wave about, or display in a threatening manner with the intent to induce fear in a reasonable person.” Under current law “brandishing” is a misdemeanor punishable by up to 90 days in jail. See also House Bill 4160, which requires the behavior to be “willful” in order to warrant criminal prosecution, and exempts behavior permitted under the 2006 law repealing a legal “duty to retreat” in a self defense situation or in defense of one’s home or property.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the House Judiciary Committee on February 5, 2015
Reported in the House on February 18, 2015
With the recommendation that the substitute (H-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Received in the Senate on February 26, 2015
Referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee on February 26, 2015
Reported in the Senate on April 23, 2015
With the recommendation that the bill pass.
Received in the House on April 29, 2015
Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on May 12, 2015

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