Open Carry Law Debated At Flint Council Meeting 6-24-2010 - WNEM TV 5

Open Carry Law Debated At Flint Council Meeting 6-24-2010

A ban on carrying loaded weapons in public is up for debate in Flint.
Right now the local ordinance banning the practice is not consistent with state law.
Under the law, people are allowed to carry handguns openly as long as they are visible and in holsters.
The city attorney Peter Bade said Flint must update its ordinance to comply or risk a legal challenge.
Bade told the council that the city is subordinate to state law.
The council voted Monday in favor of moving forward with the change to Flint’s ordinance.
Some on the council opposed the move while others voiced hesitation as making changes -- citing public safety as a primary concern -- but voted to make the necessary changes.
Councilwoman Jackie Poplar told the Flint Journal she felt the change was wrong and it would “open a can of worms.”
Under Michigan state law, any citizen with a licensed handgun and wear the weapon in public in accordance with the rules above.
Many on the council believe lifting the ban will result in more violence in Flint.
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