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  • Michigan Protestors Carry Guns to Public Meeting

    06/14/2012 4:43:59 AM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies ^ | 13 June, 2012 | dabneybailey
    Gun rights advocates attended a public meeting while openly carrying their firearms in order to express their support for a young man who was arrested for open carry. Sean CombsA few weeks ago, we featured this story about Sean Combs, a Michigan teen who was arrested by police because he was openly carrying an M1 Garand. Combs has pleaded not guilty to the charges, which includes brandishing a firearm and obstructing an officer. And for those of you who aren’t fully up-to-date on Michigan carry laws, yes: it’s legal to openly carry a firearm. A few Michiganders made use of...
  • Advocates protest charges against rifle-carrying teen (MI)

    06/13/2012 6:32:29 PM PDT · by marktwain · 19 replies ^ | 13 June, 2012 | Elizabeth Reed
    BIRMINGHAM, MICH. -- "Open Carry" advocates took to Monday's Birmingham City Council meeting with their guns displayed to support a high school student who was arrested for exercising his Second Amendment right. According to The Detroit News, 18-year-old Sean Combs was arrested in April for walking downtown with an M-1 rifle strapped to his back. Combs was charged with brandishing a weapon, resisting and obstructing police and disturbing the peace. Combs' supporters say the arrest was illegal because it violated his civil rights and the charges need to be dropped. "I'm in support of anyone who gets into trouble for...
  • Michigan House Votes Overwhelmingly to Repeal Permit to-Purchase and Registration(June 13,2012)

    06/13/2012 3:29:53 PM PDT · by marktwain · 74 replies ^ | 13 June, 2012 | NRA-ILA
    Today, the Michigan House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to repeal the state handgun “permit-to-purchase” and registration requirements. House Bill 5225 passed in the state House by a 74 to 36 vote. HB 5225 would repeal the bureaucratic state “permit-to-purchase” handguns and instead utilize the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System. House Bill 5498 and House Bill 5499 also passed in the state House along with HB 5225. These three bills now go to the state Senate where they will be assigned to the appropriate committees. HB 5225, sponsored by state Representative Paul Opsommer (R-93), which became obsolete when the...
  • Michigan to Vote on Repeal of Permit-to-Purchase & Registration Laws

    06/13/2012 9:19:53 AM PDT · by marktwain · 16 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 13 June, 2012 | NRA-ILA
    Charlotte, NC --( The Michigan House of Representatives could vote on House Bill 5225 as early as June 13. HB 5225 is a landmark pro-gun bill that would eliminate the state handgun “permit-to-purchase” and registration requirements. HB 5225 and its amended language have already passed in the Michigan House Judiciary Committee and would require the federal standard of background checks for the purchase of handguns instead of the burdensome, unnecessary and duplicative state “permit” system. HB 5225, sponsored by state Representative Paul Opsommer (R-93), as amended, would repeal the bureaucratic state “permit-to-purchase” handguns which became obsolete when the National Instant...
  • Justifiable homicides underreported in Kalamazoo County, local and FBI figures show(MI)

    06/12/2012 10:55:31 AM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies ^ | 11 June, 2012 | Rex Hall Jr.
    KALAMAZOO, MI — Over a span of 10 years beginning in 2000, prosecutors in Kalamazoo County ruled that the slayings of eight people were done in self-defense or, in simpler terms, were justified. The first was James Douglas, a 20-year-old man who was shot and killed by Portage police detective Larry Napp near Augusta after he opened fire, wounding Napp. Napp later recovered. The last was Bernel Gordon, also 20, who died by gunfire after he tried to rob Frank Pierce during a drug deal at a Kalamazoo apartment complex. Justified to Kill series • Introducing the series • A...
  • Flint store clerk says shooting robber armed with plastic gun was right decision(MI)

    06/12/2012 10:25:12 AM PDT · by marktwain · 22 replies ^ | 11 June, 2012 | Gary Ridley
    -- Seville Nelson is still angry with the store clerk who shot and killed his cousin during a robbery last year but also understands why the man did what he did. “Nobody can say he’s wrong for protecting himself,” Nelson said. “You wish it was different the whole way around. “I’d rather see my cousin in jail for life than where he is now.” The store clerk, Edmund Joubran, said it was the right decision -- even if the gun pointed at him turned out to be plastic. “I felt like I didn’t know what the outcome was going to...
  • Protesters pack heat in Birmingham public meeting(MI)

    06/12/2012 7:01:42 AM PDT · by marktwain · 85 replies ^ | 11 June, 2012 | NA
    BIRMINGHAM, Mich. - Gun carrying protestors let their voices be heard during a Birmingham City Commission meeting. A number of protestors came armed with AK-47’s, a variation of rifles and pistols during Monday night’s meeting. The advocates of Michigan’s open carry law attended the meeting to support a young man who was arrested for openly carrying a weapon. “We understand that it’s not something that’s apart of the public norm or something you see in everyday life, but there is not a law against it,” said open carry advocate Phillip Hofmeister. Sean Combs, 18, from Troy was arrested back in...
  • Woman Could Spend 2 Years In Prison For Bringing Weapon To Federal Court

    06/02/2012 3:21:30 PM PDT · by marktwain · 25 replies ^ | 1 June, 2012 | NA
    DETROIT (WWJ) – An Oak Park woman is facing felony charges for bringing a gun to federal court in Detroit Friday morning. U.S. District Court spokesman Rod Hanson says the weapon was spotted after she came through the Fort Street entrance. “One of the court security guards noticed in the x-ray machine that he could see a weapon in her purse, at that particular point he secured the weapon – it was loaded, and the woman was detained,” said Hanson. Heloise Glenn says she forgot the load 22-caliber Magnum was in there. “If you are going to bring a loaded...
  • Guns and Stuff(estates)

    06/01/2012 4:56:14 AM PDT · by marktwain · 26 replies ^ | 1 June, 2012 | NA
    When people die they leave behind an estate. An “estate” is what you owned at the time of your death. It can be real property, land and the buildings that sit on land, or it can be personal property. That’s “stuff.” After you’ve paid off all the bills and expenses, what’s left is “residue.” That’s what gets divided up amongst the heirs. If there’s going to be a dispute it usually comes from distributing that “stuff.” It’s been my experience that if heirs are going to argue it’s over the small stuff. In particular, women argue over jewelry and antiques...
  • Detroit street lights may shrink by half

    05/24/2012 7:37:59 PM PDT · by bkopto · 66 replies
    Examiner ^ | 5/24/2012 | Rachel Dillin
    Detroit street lights may be going dark soon. At least half of them will no longer shine as the city shrinks. The city has 88,000 streetlights and about 40 percent of those are broken, and the city cannot afford to fix them. Mayor Dave Bing developed a plan to repair and reduce the street lights in Detroit. Unfortunately, the city is facing reduced population, which has reduced its budget for services like street lights. Under the new plan, the city would only have 46,000, and ultimately they would save $10 million a year once the changes were made. Of course,...
  • Open Carry Advocates to Protest Rifle-Carrying Troy Teen's Arrest in Birmingham

    05/24/2012 7:19:26 PM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies ^ | 24 May, 2012 | Laura Houser
    A group of open carry advocates plan to make their sentiments known about the recent arrest of a rifle-toting 18-year-old Troy student during a protest at the June 11 Birmingham City Commission meeting. Sean Combs was arrested by Birmingham police on April 13 after he was discovered carry a M1 Garande rifle on South Old Woodward Avenue. The rifle — a birthday gift, Combs said — was loaded with one round in the chamber. Though 18 and legally able to carry the rifle, police say Combs refused to show identification when asked and was arrested for brandishing a firearm, disorderly...
  • Acquitted Militia Members Get 60 Guns Returned (MI)

    05/24/2012 6:53:54 PM PDT · by marktwain · 19 replies ^ | 23 May, 2012 | dabneybailey
    Three members of a Michigan Hutaree militia group are getting back 60 guns between them, including rifles, handguns, shotguns, and AK47s. Thomas Piatek, Tina Stone, and Michael Meeks were arrested as part of an FBI raid because of their involvement in plotting an anti-government revolt. The courts determined that the state was unable to prove its case, so these three and several others were acquitted and set free. Now that they're out of custody they're ready to get their weapons back. Piatek's attorney, Arthur Weiss, explains that Piatek still has a Second Amendment right to own those firearms and the...
  • Open Carry Teen Optimistic About his Day in Court (MI)

    05/23/2012 3:58:54 AM PDT · by marktwain · 21 replies ^ | 21 May, 2012 | dabneybailey
    A Michigan teen is optimistic about his chances in court after being charged with brandishing a firearm, disorderly conduct and obstructing an officer. Eighteen-year-old Sean Combs (not 'Puffy') was arrested last April by police because he was walking around town with a rifle slung over his shoulder. He'd just received his M1 Garand for his birthday and he was showing the gun to several other teenagers. Cops showed up on the scene and asked to see his ID. Combs declined, but after a few more police showed up Combs decided to give in. The police moved to arrest him the...
  • Gun-toting Michiganders promote 'constitutional carry' at rally

    05/20/2012 8:38:01 AM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies ^ | 19 May, 2012 | Melissa Anders
    LANSING, MI — Gun rights activists from throughout Michigan gathered at the Capitol on Saturday to promote easing restrictions on carrying firearms. The group wants Michigan to become a “constitutional carry” state, where concealed weapon licenses are not required and there generally aren’t restrictions on how or where guns are carried. Vermont, Alaska, Arizona and Wyoming have similar laws. “What we are trying to accomplish by this rally and future and ongoing efforts, is having our Second Amendment rights restored back to their original intent as laid out in our Constitution by our Founding Fathers,” said John Roshek, president of...
  • Rifle-Carrying Troy Teen 'Pretty Confident' at Tuesday Pre-Trial Hearing (MI)

    05/16/2012 5:01:03 AM PDT · by marktwain · 32 replies ^ | 15 May, 2012 | Jen Anesi
    Sean Combs, the 18-year-old Troy High School senior who was arrested by Birmingham Police last month while walking through downtown Birmingham with a rifle slung over his shoulder, is set to attend an evidentiary hearing in three weeks after attending a pre-trial hearing Tuesday afternoon in front of Judge Marc Barron in 48th District Court in Bloomfield Hills. Combs pleaded not guilty May 1 on charges of brandishing a firearm, disorderly conduct and obstructing an officer – all misdemeanor offenses that each carry a maximum 93-day sentence and $500 fine. Combs' attorney, Jim Makowski, said he plans to file a...
  • Man kills intruder, accidentally shoots wife(MI)

    05/10/2012 7:32:56 AM PDT · by marktwain · 39 replies ^ | 9 May, 2012 | AP
    A 64-year-old homeowner says he was forced to empty his .45-caliber handgun while shooting at one of two men who broke into his northwest Detroit home.
  • Michiganders Push for Concealed Carry

    05/08/2012 4:19:34 AM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies ^ | 7 May, 2012 | dabneybailey
    As Michigan lawmakers enter debate about the future of concealed carry laws, organizers are rallying to promote Constitutional Carry. Right now, Michigan has a whole range of locations where concealed handguns are off limits -- places like schools, churches and sports stadium. The lawmakers are thinking that as long as permit holders undergo extra training, then gun owners should be allowed to carry in these areas. Gun rights advocates are happy with the way things are going -- mostly. They believe that this new legislation is on the right track, it just doesn't go nearly far enough. They want to...
  • Harper Woods police officer witnesses fatal shooting(MI)

    04/26/2012 5:43:42 AM PDT · by marktwain · 19 replies ^ | 25 April, 2012 | MAURIELLE LUE
    HARPER WOODS, Mich. (WJBK) -- In Harper Woods, a police officer becomes the prime witness to a fatal shooting. It happened in an alley off Kelly Road overnight. The alleged shooter is in jail. Police tell us that they will hold him for 72 hours while a decision is made on whether charges will be filed. The problem is this person could also be a potential victim. A Harper Woods police officer says that he saw a couple walking in a dark alley and a man following them. That did not sit right with this officer, so he turned his...
  • Like Father Like Son, George and Mitt Romney

    04/24/2012 6:07:32 PM PDT · by Dajjal · 11 replies
    RightPundits ^ | Feb. 12, 2012 | Andrew Zarowny
    After edging out Rockefeller 51% to 49% in the winner-take-all race in California, Goldwater had a huge majority of delegates, enough to easily win the nomination at the Republican convention. George Romney set about denouncing Goldwater, and even raised a stink at the convention to have Goldwater′s delegates disqualified. Romney was accusing many of Goldwater′s delegates as being everything from racists, members of the Ku-Klux-Klan, the John Birch Society and even accused some of being Communists! Imagine that! Once Goldwater was named the presidential nominee, George Romney still worked to undermine his campaign, refusing to endorse or support him. So...
  • Witness: Troy Teen Arrested for Carrying Rifle 'Was in His Legal Right' (MI)

    04/24/2012 12:01:21 PM PDT · by marktwain · 63 replies ^ | 17 April, 2012 | Jen Anesi
    Troy High senior Sean Michael Combs, 18, was arrested Friday in downtown Birmingham after he was found carrying a loaded M1 Garand rifle. It was a warm Friday night in April, and Troy High School senior Sean Michael Combs was enthusiastic about the rifle he received a month earlier as a gift for his 18th birthday, so he decided to carry it with him when he headed to downtown Birmingham with a friend. Combs' choice to carry the M1 Garand slung over his shoulder resulted in his arrest by Birmingham Police – an experience his close friend Lia Grabowski calls...