Michigan Man Charged First Day After State’s New Gun Storage Law Takes Effect

by Vern Evans

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On the first day after Michigan’s gun storage law took effect to keep firearms from falling into the wrong hands, a 44-year-old man was charged with violating the rule after his three-year-old daughter shot herself in the head.

Michael Tolbert, a convicted felon, was arraigned on nine felony charges including counts of first-degree child abuse, violation of the gun storage law, felon in possession of a firearm, felon in possession of ammunition, lying to a peace officer in a violent crime investigation and four counts of felony firearm possession, according to Michigan’s Sky News.

Tolbert’s daughter, Skye McBride remained in critical condition in the hospital for days following the February 14 shooting in which she got ahold of the gun and accidentally shot herself. She is now in stable condition and able to answer questions by nodding her head her aunt, LaDorothy Griggs, told WNEM News.

McBride was visiting her father’s house when she accidentally shot herself in the right eye. The bullet exited her skull.

The state’s new safe storage gun law had only gone into effect the day before, on the first anniversary of a shooting at Michigan State University and a week after a Michigan mother, whose son killed four students at a high school, was convicted of manslaughter for her child’s actions.

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