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Bill Would Require Mental Health Check Before Ammunition Purchase 

November 20, 2018 - 10:47 am

DETROIT (WWJ) - The Detroit City Council is set to take up a measure that would require mental health background checks for anyone who buys ammunition.  

A city council committee recently approved the so-called "bullet bill," and the full council could take up the issue Tuesday.

Wayne County Commissioner Reggie Davis says the administrative costs for the tests would be paid for with additional county taxes that would be put on the price of ammunition. Additional revenue from taxes would also assist victims of gun violence and educational programs with a focus on conflict resolution.

Davis, whose brother was shot and killed in Detroit in 2001, said the bill will help make the community a safer place. 

"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 in a statement.