1,000 open-carry gun activists converge on Michigan Capitol lawn

1,000 open-carry gun activists converge on Michigan Capitol lawn

LANSING, MI – Two parents carried rifles while their daughter shouldered a BB gun. Others wore British Revolutionary War costumes to mock Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s coronavirus-prevention policies. And some Black Detroiters were there advocating for more diversity in the gun rights movement. They were among about 1,000 demonstrators from across Michigan gathered on the State Capitol lawn Thursday in Lansing to support open-carry gun rights and protest a recent push to ban guns from the Capitol building. While occasionally addressing other issues such as Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s stay-home measures, speakers at the Sep. 17 rally focused on the rights of protesters, many of whom carrying pistols and rifles out in the open. “Whether you decide to open carry or concealed carry, that is your choice. It is not my job to make that decision for you," said Tom Lambert, former president of Michigan Open Carry, to the crowd before pointing back to the Capitol building. “It is not their job to make that decision for you either.” While the protest was planned weeks prior, the gun rights rally comes days after the Michigan State Capitol Commission voted down two proposals to impose weapons bans in the state Capitol building. The six-member state panel voted down a proposal to completely ban firearms in the Capitol 2-4, and split 3-3 on a motion to ban open carry in the building. The panel is deliberating with Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey and Speaker of the House Lee Chatfield to “try to find […]

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