Reader John Dingell III writes:
“This is the city of Detroit, we continue to beat Los Angeles every year with the number of homicides, in senseless gun violence,” said Wayne County Commissioner Reggie Davis.
Davis calls his resolution “the bullet bill.” The resolution requires a mental health background on purchasers of ammunition in Wayne County, and also limits the purchase of bullets in the county. It also puts a tax on the sales of bullets.
This story is more fluff than substance. Davis is a long time Detroit political gadfly and the Detroit City Council appears to be humoring him with meaningless support, while jabbing gun owners with a sharp stick in the eye.
Reggie ‘Reg’ Davis represents District 6 on the Wayne County Commission, but only until the end of this year. He was appointed in January to replace the late Burton Leland, who resigned due to illness and died in February. Davis screwed up his affidavit of identity in April and got knocked off the ballot. Monique Baker McCormick, another Democrat, is the District 6 member-elect of the Wayne County Commission and will replace Davis in January. She has issued no position statement on this proposed ammunition ordinance.
There is a meeting of the Wayne County Commission Public Safety, Judiciary & Homeland Security committee on November 28th when this proposed ordinance should be considered, but they have not published their agenda yet. The proposed ordinance would have to be voted out of the committee to be considered by the full commission on November 29th.
I doubt this is going anywhere. It violates Michigan’s preemption statute, but our Supreme Court has not demonstrated much ‘rule of law’ lately when guns are involved.