Michigan State Shooter Would Have Been Barred From Owning Guns But Progressive Prosecutor Dismissed Prior Charges


The Washington Free Beacon on Tuesday reported that Anthony McRae, the gunman in a mass shooting at Michigan State Monday night, would have been prohibited from purchasing or owning a firearm but for the decision of a progressive prosecutor to dismiss previous charges against him.

McRae, who police say killed three people and wounded five others in a violent spree that ended when he took his own life, was charged in June 2019 with illegally carrying a concealed weapon, according to the Free Beacon.

The Ingham County District Attorney at the time, Carol Siemon let McRae plead to a lesser misdemeanor gun charge, and he served a little more than a year of probation.

Former Ingham County District Attorney Carol Siemon

He could have faced up to five years in prison, but Siemon opted for the “restorative justice” approach, which emphasizes softer penalties for criminals.

As a result, McRae was not prohibited from purchasing or owning a firearm.

This is not the first time an act of gun violence could have been prevented using existing gun control measures.


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