Official Who Opposed Concealed Carry Reform Arrested for Shooting Up His Ex-Wife’s Car

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On Sunday, Michigan state senator Virgil Smith (D-Detroit) was taken into custody for allegedly firing a rifle at his ex-wife’s car following an argument earlier that morning.

[Editor’s note: contrary to early reports, the official police report states that Smith fired a rifle, not a shotgun, at his ex-wife’s vehicle, not his girlfriend’s. This article has been updated to reflect these changes. Also, the police report alleges that Smith was naked during the incident.]

According to ClickonDetroit, “police were called to Smith’s home for reports of shots fired” around 1 a.m. Sources say Smith allegedly “fired several shots into the woman’s car.”

Police said the ex-wife told them “multiple shots were fired in front of the home at Wexford and Hilldale.” She was not shot but “her 2015 Mercedes Benz was struck by gunfire.”

On Monday, MyFoxDetroit reported that Smith is “facing aggravated assault and malicious destruction of property charges.” Detroit Police Chief James Craig said no further comment on the incident would be made as the investigation continues.

According to Michigan Votes, in February Smith opposed Senate Bill 34 — legislation intended to speed up the process by which law-abiding citizens could acquire a concealed carry permit for self-defense.

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