Second Amendment advocates march to keep guns in Michigan Capitol

Second Amendment advocates march to keep guns in Michigan Capitol

Lansing — Jeff and Sheila Humphrey of Burton stood in the rotunda of the Michigan Capitol Thursday, gazing up at the inner dome more than 100 feet above them . It was their first time inside the building. They carried AR-15 firearms. "The most beautiful building I’ve ever seen," Jeff Humphrey, 50, said. They visited Lansing as part of the "Second Amendment March," in which participants — many of whom openly carried weapons — gathered to celebrate their right to bear arms. The event occurred as a heated debate flared on in Michigan over whether to continue allowing guns in the Capitol building. "I don’t see any problem with any gun being in this building," Jeff Humphrey contended. "Everything is done by a person’s intentions. So if you blame a person before they’ve done anything … what’s the point of having any rights?" "It’s not so much the guns that are killing people. It’s the people who are killing people," Sheila Humphrey, 51, added. Thursday’s Second Amendment March drew an estimated crowd of more than 200 people, including some militia members and supporters of the right-wing Proud Boys. Similar rallies are held every year at the Capitol. However, this one occurred as the Michigan Capitol Commission continues to consider whether to limit firearms inside the building . On Monday, the six-member commission rejected one proposal to generally ban guns and another to limit only the open carry of weapons. However, the panel, which is usually in charge of maintaining […]

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