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City overturns law, makes it legal to be irritating

How many will now move there?


The original statute was simple when it stated, "No person shall willfully annoy another person."

Now, after 38 years with that hanging over their heads, the good people of Grand Rapids, Mich., are now free to scrape their fingernails on a chalkboard, among other things.

City attorney Catherine Mish recommended the old law be changed because "it's unconstitutional in terms of being vague."

So there’s that. But she confirmed the biggest reason is, "It’s simply unenforceable."

MLive reports Mish isn’t stopping there. She’s scouring the books, searching for other out-of-date laws and regulations to either amend or do away with completely.

"It's like sediment. They keep piling up in layers, and every 40 years we have to weed it out," Mish told NBC News.

Among the interesting things she found is an ordinance that says it's fine for drivers to keep driving when a cop tries to pull them over.

She’ll have a battle on her hands over one law she doesn’t want to change.

In the 1960s, the city outlawed carrying guns in the city. Gun supporters have been working to overturn that ordinance for several months.

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