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Governor Whitmer calls for stricter gun regulations in wake of mass shootings

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Governor Gretchen Whitmer says it’s possible to support the Second Amendment and be in favor of gun control, and she wants the state Legislature to act in the wake of the mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio.

Whitmer says there are a lot of things the state can do to reduce gun violence.

“I reject the false narrative that’s been put out there that you can either support the Second Amendment or you can be for gun control," she said. "You can do both.”

Whitmer says she supports a so-called “red flag” bill currently in the state House. It would allow law enforcement to take a person’s firearms if there is proof the person could harm themselves or others.

Whitmer made her comments after mass shootings over the weekend. More than 30 people were killed in Texas and Ohio.

“I think it’s time for us to take the politics out of this and protect our families, and our kids, and our places of public gathering,” Whitmer said.

Whitmer also suggested there should be restrictions or possibly a state ban on assault rifles. She says such restrictions would not undermine a right to hunt or protect yourself.

Before becoming the newest Capitol reporter for the Michigan Public Radio Network, Cheyna Roth was an attorney. She spent her days fighting it out in court as an assistant prosecuting attorney for Ionia County. Eventually, Cheyna took her investigative and interview skills and moved on to journalism. She got her masters at Michigan State University and was a documentary filmmaker, podcaster, and freelance writer before finding her home with NPR. Very soon after joining MPRN, Cheyna started covering the 2016 presidential election, chasing after Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and all their surrogates as they duked it out for Michigan. Cheyna also focuses on the Legislature and criminal justice issues for MPRN. Cheyna is obsessively curious, a passionate storyteller, and an occasional backpacker. Follow her on Twitter at @Cheyna_R
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