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Title: Michigan mayor seeks ban on personal flamethrowers
Source: PennLive
URL Source: http://www.pennlive.com/nation-worl ... gan_mayor_seeks_ban_on_pe.html
Published: Aug 20, 2015
Author: Associated Press
Post Date: 2015-08-20 08:52:16 by Willie Green
Keywords: None
Views: 1268
Comments: 9

DETROIT (AP) — A suburban Detroit official is trying to extinguish the use of personal flamethrowers, which are being sold online by two Midwest companies, in his city.

The companies, located in the Detroit area and Cleveland, claim their devices can be used for recreation or to control weeds and insect hives, clear snow and ice, clear brush and start a bonfire.

Warren Mayor Jim Fouts calls the proposed uses "pretty specious" and "silly," the Detroit Free Press reported. Fouts wants to ban the storage, use and possession of flamethrowers in Warren because he believes the devices are dangerous and could damage property and cause house fires, injury or death.

"You know something like this will be used by bad people for bad things," Fouts said, adding that he thought it was "unthinkable" such a device would be sold to the general public.

According to the two companies making the devices, flamethrowers are legal in Michigan and most other states. They argue that flamethrowers have been used for decades, that people should be able to own one if they want to, and that misuse can happen with any product.

"It's how a product is used that determines punishment for the operator," said Chris Byars, CEO and project lead at the Ion Productions Team, the Detroit-area company that makes the XM42 flamethrower, touted as the world's first commercially available hand-held flamethrower. "Simply owning a particular product should not be a punishable offense. It's a matter of education and respect for safety."

Byars said it's "insulting and discriminatory" for a person to believe anyone who owns a particular product, such as a firearm or knife, is going to misuse it.

Warren City Council members are considering the mayor's proposal.

The ordinance would provide an exemption for law enforcement officers, employees or members of the Armed Forces, firefighters or local, state or federal government officials who are on duty and acting within the scope of his or her employment. Other violators would face a misdemeanor charge that's punishable by up to 90 days in jail and a $500 fine.

Council members are seeking further clarification on what would constitute as a flamethrower under the proposal. 

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#1. To: Willie Green (#0)

Competition.

misterwhite  posted on  2015-08-20   9:22:36 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#2. To: Willie Green (#0)

Did you notice that he had gas cans right by his feet while using the flame thrower. Someone needs some safety classes!

Neat device but all I see is this being used for mischievous acts.

Justified  posted on  2015-08-20   9:32:51 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#3. To: Willie Green (#0)

I may be wrong,but I am pretty sure the National Firearms Act of 1934 banned the ownership or possession of flamethrowers by citizens unless special permits were issued.

BTW,WHY is that airhead wanting to make it legal for police to own a flamethrower? WTF do the police need a flamethrower for?

Why is democracy held in such high esteem when it’s the enemy of the minority and makes all rights relative to the dictates of the majority? (Ron Paul,2012)

sneakypete  posted on  2015-08-20   15:57:08 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#4. To: All, *Bang List* (#3)

ping

Why is democracy held in such high esteem when it’s the enemy of the minority and makes all rights relative to the dictates of the majority? (Ron Paul,2012)

sneakypete  posted on  2015-08-20   15:57:34 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#5. To: Willie Green (#0)

The companies, located in the Detroit area and Cleveland, claim their devices can be used for recreation or to control weeds and insect hives, clear snow and ice, clear brush and start a bonfire.

Sounds about right. Those who live outside city confines do make practical use of these devices.

"When Americans reach out for values of faith, family, and caring for the needy, they're saying, "We want the word of God. We want to face the future with the Bible.'"---Ronald Reagan

redleghunter  posted on  2015-08-20   16:17:16 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#6. To: redleghunter (#5)

" Those who live outside city confines do make practical use of these devices. "

Yeah. I have a few hornets & yellow jackets nests I could use that on.

Si vis pacem, para bellum

Stoner  posted on  2015-08-20   16:47:27 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#7. To: Stoner (#6)

Yeah. I have a few hornets & yellow jackets nests I could use that on.

There are some Texas weeds (not the type one smokes:)) that these flamethrowers would be handy for.

"The grass withers, the flower fades, But the word of our God stands forever.”"---Isaiah 40:8

redleghunter  posted on  2015-08-20   17:15:03 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#8. To: redleghunter (#7)

There are some Texas weeds (not the type one smokes:)) that these flamethrowers would be handy for.

Like these Chinese Tallow Trees???

“Let me see which pig "DON'T" I want to vote for, the one with or without lipstick??" Hmmmmm...

CZ82  posted on  2015-08-20   18:30:25 ET  (1 image) Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#9. To: CZ82 (#8)

Yes!

"The grass withers, the flower fades, But the word of our God stands forever.”"---Isaiah 40:8

redleghunter  posted on  2015-08-21   1:33:26 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


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