View Full Version : Gun owners rally in Lansing for expanded firearms rights

05-20-2012, 08:16 AM
Armed with rifles, pistols, flags and banners, about 150 people rallied for gun rights Saturday on the lawn of the Capitol, warning lawmakers not to rollback firearms possession laws such as “stand your ground.”

Speakers urged lawmakers to expand gun rights by making Michigan the fifth U.S. state to adopt “constitutional carry,” essentially removing restrictions and licensing provisions for concealed carry.

Michigan already allows open carry for those 18 or older who are carrying a firearm that is legally registered and holstered in plain view, said rally organizer John Roshek, president of the Citizens League for Self Defense.

“Constitutional carry is about having no permits or permission slips from the state in order to be able to carry a gun,” he said. “It starts with repealing all pistol-free zones. It starts with repealing the concealed pistol license laws. We feel if you are legally able to obtain and purchase a firearm that is the only permit you should need.”
'On RINO hunt'

Lawmakers who don’t support the Second Amendment gun rights will suffer the consequences in future elections, Larry Pratt, executive director of Gun Owners of America, told the State Journal minutes before delivering his keynote speech.

“We’ve been doing it rather conspicuously this year with Richard Lugar and there may be some others,” Pratt, of Springfield, Va., said in reference to the moderate Republican senator from Indiana who recently failed to win his party’s nomination for a seventh term.

“We’re clearing out the RINOs (Republican in name only),” Pratt said. “Us gun owners are on a RINO hunt. ... We need to control the politicians. That’s what the election of 2010 was about. I think very likely that’s what the election of 2012 is going to be all about.”

With a 40-caliber pistol holstered on his hip, Pratt connected gun rights to the tea party.

“Tea party means limited government and limited government means no gun control,” he said.

East Lansing attorney and guest speaker Steve Dulan focused on “stand your ground,” which has generated national attention since Florida authorities initially cited the law as a basis for not charging a man who fatally shot an unarmed teenager.


Rory McCanuck
05-20-2012, 01:11 PM
I really hope that the Tea Party movement allows conservative
America to become conservative again. When they are parading
Romney as the conservative option, I don't blame them for
taking to the streets.

05-20-2012, 02:05 PM
I read the title and thought that was happening in Canada :(