Nessel backs Vermont high-capacity ammunition ban

    Sheena Billups prepares to lay flowers in a memorial setup at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School for those killed during a mass shooting on February 14, 2019 in Parkland, Florida. | Joe Raedle, Getty Images

    Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel has joined 17 of her colleagues in supporting gun control measures. 

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    Nessel announced on Tuesday that she had filed a brief with several other attorneys general from around the country pledging support for a Vermont law banning large-capacity magazines in guns. 

    The Vermont case follows Nessel filing a brief in a U.S. Supreme Court case over the legality of New York City enacting its own gun control measures. 

    “My colleagues and I have a duty to protect our residents from harm including gun violence and I am proud to join with my colleagues again to preserve the right for state and local governments to implement common-sense gun safety regulations,” Nessel said in a statement.

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    Lawmakers in Vermont passed the ban on high-capacity magazines in March of 2018 in the wake of the Parkland school shooting in Florida. 

    The attorneys general of California, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia and Washington also signed on. 

    Nick Manes
    Nick Manes covers West Michigan, business and labor, health care and the safety net. He previously spent six years as a reporter at MiBiz covering commercial real estate, economic development and all manner of public policy at the local and state levels. His byline also has appeared in Route Fifty and The Daily Beast. When not reporting around the state or furiously tweeting, he enjoys spending time with his girlfriend, Krista, biking around his hometown of Grand Rapids and torturing himself rooting for the Detroit Lions.

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