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Court Rules Favor Drunk Driver

July 25, 2019

The Michigan Court of Appeals delivered a unanimous decision on Wednesday regarding an Ionia County traffic stop they say violated an individual’s constitutional protection from unreasonable searches.

Michigan court rules in favor of drunk driver, says cop had wrong speed limit.
Read more at Detroit Free Press

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New Felony: ATF’s gun measurement change

July 19, 2019

...and with the swipe of a pen, you are hereby declared a felon.... Even though 20 minutes ago, we were perfectly okay with what you have been doing for years (even with our approval). We've now changed our minds and you must comply. We are the Bureaucracy.
"Any short rifle built with one of these stabilizing braces is now considered an “any other weapon,” a category of weapon that is supposed to encompass all weapons that can’t be classified as rifles, shotguns, or handguns.
“Any other weapons” (AOWs) are subject to the registration and fee requirements of the NFA. Weapons regulated by the NFA include “a weapon made from a rifle if such weapon as modified has an overall length of less than 26 inches or a barrel or barrels of less than 16 inches in length,” according to the ATF."

ATF’s gun measurement change now forcing federal registration of popular guns.
Read more at American Military News

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Grand Rapids Could Add Replica Gun Law

July 10, 2019

City Attorney Anita Hitchcock said this week a proposed ordinance in the works would ban the brandishing BB-guns or replica guns in public places, and require youth younger than 16 years old to be supervised by a parent when in possession of one.

The ordinance, as written, would also require certain markings on toy guns, like the common orange tip, and individuals would be required to turn over the replica gun to police upon request by an officer. In many instances, the orange tip is removed or colored black

Grand Rapids could add replica gun law after another teen stopped with BB-gun
Read more at mLive.com

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Michigan Fireworks Law Changes

June 29, 2019

At the end of 2018, the state of Michigan established new fireworks laws

Fireworks season has legally started in Michigan
Here's what you need to know about the new fireworks laws, fines and being mindful of veterans.
Read more at wzzm13.com

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