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GOVERNMENT local governmental units do not have authority to enact or enforce ordinances that make local public buildings gun-free zones, the Michigan Court of Appeals ruled on April 29. Michigan Coalition for Responsible Gun Owners v. City of Ferndale, No. 242237. The coalition challenged an ordinance passed by the city of Ferndale, Mich., to prohibit the possession or concealment of weapons in all buildings owned and/or controlled by the city. The group said the ordinance was pre-empted by state law and was unlawful because it conflicted with the existing statutory scheme that listed the public places where concealed firearms were prohibited. A trial court, however, granted the city’s motion for summary judgment. Reversing, the appeals court held that as a “home rule city,” Ferndale’s authority to adopt resolutions and ordinances is subject to state law. Applying pre-emption analysis, the court found that MCL 123.1102′s absolute prohibition on local governments imposing restrictions on gun ownership, registration purchase, sale, transfer, transportation or possession meant that the state statute was designed wholly to occupy the field of firearms regulation. n TORTS

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