Flint Michigan Local Laws
I thought this was a little interesting. Id like to hear your opinions.
FLINT, Michigan — Handguns and cigarettes were two hot topics addressed by the Flint City Council on Monday.
A split city council voted 7-2 to change a local ordinance so that the city law on the carrying of firearms doesn’t conflict with the state’s open carry law, which allows people to openly carry a handgun in public.
The council also voted to postpone a proposed Hurley Medical Center smoking ban that would include Hurley property as well as any adjacent public streets and sidewalks. Council members said they would like to see the ban changed so that it doesn’t include public right-of-ways.
The actions came after several members of the public spoke out on the issues.
Swartz Creek resident Pat Clawson, who works in Flint, said council needed to change its handgun ordinance so that people can openly carry in the city.
The issue was brought to the council’s attention in June, when the city attorney said the council must change the ordinance or risk getting sued.
State law allows people to carry loaded guns in certain public areas as long as they are visible and in holsters. The law also clearly says local units of government cannot regulate on the issue, City Attorney Pete Bade said.
“We need open carry of firearms in Flint,” said Clawson, a Libertarian candidate for state Senate seat that includes Flint. “Let the ordinary citizens of Flint protect themselves against the thugs and hoodlums.”
But Flint resident AC Dumas, former president of the local NAACP, said allowing people to open carry is dangerous. He also said people should be required to get a permit to open carry.
“If you want to carry your gun, go and get your gun permit,” he said.
Council members Sheldon Neeley and Jackie Poplar voted against the ordinance change.
Neeley said he’ll be asking the city council to approve a resolution asking the state Legislature to amend the open carry law to allow local units of government to regulate the issue so they could add restrictions as well as education and training requirements.
Councilman Bernard Lawler said he would support such a move.
“We’re not in agreement with how the state is legislating on a local level,” he said. “We don’t have a choice.
“Not only do we disagree, but many of our residents and constituents disagree.”
The council voted to postpone discussion of a Hurley smoking ban for two weeks, with the expectation that Hurley will bring an amended proposal that doesn’t include public right-of-ways.
Hurley had proposed a smoking ban that included public sidewalks around the hospital, which didn’t sit well with many council members or members of the public.
“They’re working on some type of compromise,” Poplar said. “The nonsmokers along with the smokers can be happy.”
FLINT, Michigan — The Flint City Council moved forward on eliminating the city's illegal ban on openly carrying loaded weapons in public — but some council members weren't happy about it.
A local ordinance that bans people from openly carrying a loaded gun isn’t consistent with state law, which allows people to carry handguns openly as long as they are visible and in holsters.
The city attorney said the city must update its ordinance to comply with state law, or risk legal challenge.
But some City Council members fear that changing the local ordinance would result in more armed people on the street.
Councilwoman Jackie Poplar tonight voted against moving forward with the change.
"I don't care what the state wants us to do on this, I still feel it's wrong. People don't understand it," Poplar said. "It's just opening a can of worms."
Councilman Sheldon Neeley voted to move forward on changing the law, but said he wants the city to look into requiring people who open carry in Flint to take a class.
"We need to educate the public if this is going to be part of our environment," he said. "I'm not a gun hater. I'm not a gun advocate.
"But I am going to reaffirm my discomfort with people openly carrying firearms in the city of Flint."
City Attorney Peter Bade first brought the issue to the council's attention after a resident made city officials aware of the conflict between local and state law.
Bade said he wants to make sure the city is not acting outside of its legal authority. He said state law clearly states that local units of government cannot regulate on the issue.
"If this ordinance change isn't made, there's going to be a significant amount of attention brought to this issue," he said. "The city is a creature of the state, and state law supercedes."
The Flint City Council will consider the ordinance change at its meeting at 5:30 p.m. Monday at Flint City Hall, 1101 S. Saginaw St.
Couldnt find anything else updated about this on the computer, seems like everything stops within the August time frame. I think either way, if I am going to walk in the city, dispite their "local law" I am going to openly carry my weapon, if they stop me or harass me, Ill just take them to court and win.
Upsets me that just because 1 guy has an issue with Open Carry, hes going to try and change state law, dispite the fact Flint has had 67 murders this year, the most theres ever been in Flint.
Give me your takes on this, if anyone has any new information, Id love to hear it.
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