Each state has its own gun laws, and state and local governments have police powers to make laws necessary for the health, safety and welfare of their community.
Within the Grand Haven City Charter and Code of Ordinances is listed “Offenses against Persons” and “Offenses against the Public Peace," with firearms described this way: “Dangerous weapon means any weapon likely to produce or capable of producing death or great bodily injury; or any weapon which because of the manner in which it is used, or attempted to be used, endangers life or inflicts bodily harm." If interested in more detail, look up Article V, Section 24-55.
We assume that these ordinances aim to protect law-abiding citizens. However, it’s possible not all ordinances are up to date and/or precise.
Nevertheless, we would like everyone to be informed about Grand Haven’s gun laws, gun ownership/use and the local businesses that sell guns. Our purpose is not to get caught up in the interpretation of the Second Amendment, defining the characteristics of mental illness and assault weapons. Our intent is to have public safety and a fair gun policy.
Maybe the people of the Tri-Cities will want to discuss limiting military-style weapons made for mass killings, high-capacity ammunition clips, and expand universal background checks on firearm purchases. Possibly all of us can become involved with sensible and responsible solutions.
— Barb and Karl Rowe, Grand Haven