An outgoing city commissioner is calling on state lawmakers to let municipal governments ban the open-carry of guns.
James White took time at the end of a Tuesday, Aug. 27, City Commission meeting to read a prepared statement that "cities are different" from most of Michigan, and he urged lawmakers to "change any laws that might restrict the authority of cities to regulate violence and the potential for violence."
Here are excerpts from White's prepared statement:
"Cities have a unique role to play. This idea is the foundation of my opinion about the open carrying of deadly weapons.
"Cities are not forests, farms, wildernesses, deserts or rain forests. Cities are markets for the exchange of goods, services and ideas. For the sake of the free flow of goods, services and ideas, cities must be regulated so that there is even and safe playing field. [snip]
M'kay, Commissioner White, shall we pose your same radical concept of restriction on the 13th Amendment?