Did Detroit Just Pass a Bullet Tax and Mental-Health Mandate?

Gun Rights

Fox2 in Detroit reported that the “Detroit City Council approved a ‘Bullet Bill’ gun control resolution” unanimously. “The resolution limits ammunition amounts that can be bought while requiring a mental health background check on buyers of ammo in Wayne County,” said the news report. This factual news report was then picked up and rewritten by many online news sources that then, as so often happens, misunderstood what actually happened. The Detroit City Council did approve this resolution. Nevertheless this proposed legislation still will have to be passed by the Wayne County Commission. To become law it would have to be approved by a committee before passing a majority vote by the Commission. “Right now this resolution is not scheduled for a committee hearing,” said Jim Toth, director of public information for the Wayne County Commission. “It is a proposal from one of our commissioners, Reg Davis.” Toth couldn’t even put his hands on text of the proposed legislation. He said it is likely just an idea presented by Commissioner Reggie “Reg” Davis, of the 6th district. Regardless, the Michigan Legislature has barred any such local legislation: “A local unit of government shall not impose special taxation on, enact or enforce any ordinance or regulation pertaining to, or regulate in any other manner the ownership, registration, purchase, sale, transfer, transportation, or possession of pistols, other firearms, or pneumatic guns, ammunition for pistols or other firearms, or components of pistols or other firearms, except as otherwise provided by federal law or […]

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