Mackinac Policy Conference: Warren Evans on gun restrictions, Wayne County funding, and his career

While the Wayne County Executive has carried a gun for 50 years, he believes more gun regulations are needed in the country.

Over the weekend, a series of shootings in eight states left at least 15 people dead and 60 others wounded. Local organizers are continuing their efforts advocating for expanded gun regulation.

As a result, there has been an increased call for legislative action to reduce mass shootings, both locally and nationally.

“I carried a gun for 50 years. The gun itself is not always the problem. But if you spice it up so much that you allow it to be the problem, and make it to be a fascination for kids and others, we’ve really gone down the wrong road.” – Warren Evans, Wayne County Executive

Listen: The Wayne County Executive discusses gun regulation, fiscal spending, and reflects on his career.



Warren Evans is the Wayne County Executive. Last year, the Detroit Metro Airport’s North terminal was renamed in his honor.

Evans previously served as the Wayne County Sherriff from 2003-2009 and believes there needs to be increased gun regulation to reduce mass shootings in the country.

“It baffles me — the idea that an 18-year-old can’t buy cigarettes, an 18-year-old can’t go to the bar and buy a drink, but he can walk into a gun shop and buy an assault rifle,” says Evans. “And then the story is, well he likes to go hunting. The name of it is ‘assault rifle’ not ‘hunting rifle’ – there is a difference.”

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