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Critics call proposed Wayne County 'Bullet Bill' ill-conceived, say it won't work

Posted at 5:42 PM, Sep 18, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-18 17:42:52-04

Reggie Davis, the Wayne County Commissioner for the sixth district, has been on a personal mission to stop gun violence ever since his brother was shot and killed. 

On Tuesday he announced proposed legislation dubbed the "Bullet Bill," aimed at regulating ammunition instead of weapons. 

It would require mental illness background checks and approval from local law enforcement for every purchase.

Bill Kucyk, the owner of Action Impact Firearms, says he sympathizes with those who have suffered and agrees something must be done to stop gun violence, but he doesn't think the "Bullet Bill" is a practical solution. 

"Number 1, I don’t know in what manner you could ever do background checks on anybody with a mental illness," says Kucyk.

When it comes to selling ammunition, he doesn’t think it makes sense to require special permission from law enforcement for every purchase.

"People with diagnosed mental illnesses account for a very, very small percentage of any violent acts," says Kucyk.

"The underlying issue to me it appears, ill-conceived conflict resolution," he says. 

He believes access to ammunition plays an important role in every American’s right to defend themselves.

"You're making it too difficult to exercise those rights, and that’s another reason I think it’s an ill-conceived proposal," says Kucyk.

If the aim of the "Bullet Bill" is to stop the bad guys from using firearms, he says the proposed tax hike to make ammunition more expensive misses the target. 

"They can get it anywhere; they’ll steal it if they have to. So, if you want to encourage people to secure their ammunition, that would be a good idea. A step forward in the process."