House Bill 5225, legislation that would eliminate the state handgun “permit-to-purchase” and registration requirements, is currently stalled in the Michigan Senate. The reason for this delay stems from opposition by the Michigan State Police, as well as Governor Rick Snyder’s office, asking Senate leadership to "hold" HB 5225. The Michigan State Police, never friendly to pro-gun reforms, including the current state Right-to-Carry law, has even proposed a number of crippling amendments to HB 5225 that would perpetuate Michigan’s antiquated registration system in the event that they are unable to stop its passage. The Michigan State Police (MSP) has made its position clear. The MSP wants to maintain records of law-abiding citizens that legally purchased handguns in Michigan. In essence, MSP wants to have easy access to a list of guns owned by law-abiding citizens, like YOU. The MSP continually ignores the fact that criminals do not buy guns at retail stores and criminals do not register firearms. This gun control scheme has failed to prevent the violence in Detroit and Flint, two of top five most violent cities in America. Guns misused in a crime can and are traced in the forty states without such a permit-to-purchase/registration requirement. In fact, last year alone over 5,000 firearms recovered in Michigan were run through the federal trace system.