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Education campaign for new gun policy in Grand Rapids

Beginning April 1, it will be illegal for youth younger than 16 years old to possess BB- or other pellet guns in Grand Rapids without adult supervision.
Brandishing and discharging those and other real-looking pneumatic guns in public, regardless of age, will also be a criminal misdemeanor.

Read more at mLive.com

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New Local Ban-the-Box Restrictions on Background Checks

Effective December 1, 2019, applicants for employment in the City of Grand Rapids have more protections. In a newly enacted “Human Rights” chapter of the city code, Grand Rapids deems it unlawful for an employer to discriminate against a current or prospective employee with respect to hire; tenure; terms, conditions or privileges of employment; or any matter directly or indirectly related to employment, unless such act is based on a “bona fide occupational qualification.”

Read more at Lexology

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City Commission adopts new weapons ordinance

Grand Rapids City Commission adopts a new weapons ordinance.
The current firearms ordinance has received only a few updates since it went into effect in 1967. The new ordinance goes into effect April 1, 2020.

The City Commission this evening voted to repeal the City’s firearms ordinance and replace it with a new weapons ordinance.

Read more at the official City of Grand Rapids Website

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Grand Rapids adopts human rights ordinance

Grand Rapids has adopted a human rights ordinance in an effort to protect members of various protected classes from being discriminated against across avenues including housing, employment, public services and crime reporting.

Under the new policy, it’ll be contrary to city policy for any person to deny any individual the enjoyment of civil rights because of actual or perceived color, sexual orientation or any other protected class.
Read more at mLive.com
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Grand Rapids Could Add Replica Gun Law

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