Detroit City Council approves 'Bullet Bill' resolution

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The Detroit City Council approved a "Bullet Bill" gun control resolution Wednesday with a unanimous vote.

The resolution limits ammunition amounts that can be bought while requiring a mental health background check on buyers of ammo in Wayne County. Commissioner Reggie Reg Davis of the 6th district spearheaded the resolution.

As part of a proposed Wayne County “Bullet Bill” ordinance, additional county taxes would be imposed on the purchase of ammunition with revenue going to assist victims of gun violence and educational programs with a focus on conflict resolution and administrative costs.

First the resolution went to the Detroit City Council standing committee on Public Health and Safety before the full council passed the “Bullet Bill” resolution sponsored by Councilman Rev. Andre Spivey.

 "The people of Detroit, Wayne County and the State of Michigan are a step closer to having safer neighborhoods after this courageous signal by Detroit City Council that we are tired of the funerals, trips to the morgue and maddening gun violence. Our next step is on to Lansing and the state legislature,” said Commissioner Davis. “My brother Vito was gunned down and killed on the streets of Detroit. 

"Vito and an uncle, also a victim of gun violence, is entombed at Woodlawn Cemetery. We must unload the guns. I do not want any more families to go through what my family and too many families have to endure on the killing fields of Wayne County."

Davis said that he is working on funding and a program targeting his 6th District in northwest Detroit that will serve as a national model for prevention of serious mental illness. 

Contact: Wayne County 6th District Commissioner Reggie Reg Davis (313) 544-6312