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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...
  • Concealed gun survey 'bought and paid for by a radical gun-control group'(MI)

    04/23/2012 7:44:07 PM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies ^ | 23 April, 2012 | John Barnes
    A poll that found Michigan voters oppose allowing concealed handguns in schools and other places where they are now banned is “suspicious,” said the spokesman for a lawmaker pushing the change. “In poll after poll, Michiganders strongly support the rights of law-abiding gun owners to protect themselves wherever they have a legal right to be,” said Ryan Mitchell, communication director for state Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville. “This particular survey was bought and paid for by a radical gun-control group and so its results are suspicious.” But the pollster who conducted the survey defended the findings and said Green’s efforts run...
  • Apparent Robbery Attempt Turns Deadly in Detroity(MI)

    04/18/2012 5:50:18 AM PDT · by marktwain · 34 replies ^ | 17 April, 2012 | NA
    * DETROIT (WJBK) -- It all started at a Coney Island at Dequindre and State Fair Tuesday afternoon. A 29-year-old man and his 19-year-old brother claim they went there to meet some guys about buying a television. Two men only identified as 19-year-old males got into an SUV with the two brothers. They took a short drive down Lumpkin, then this alleged sale apparently turned into a robbery. The brothers claim one of the 19-year-olds pulled out a gun and demanded money, and as one brother was searching his pockets, the oldest pulled out a gun and fired. "All my...
  • Detroit woman kills intruder in her home(MI)

    04/11/2012 8:49:55 AM PDT · by marktwain · 35 replies ^ | 5 April, 2012 | Jim Kiertzner
    DETROIT - A Detroit woman's confrontation Thursday morning with a group of intruders in her home on the city's west side ended with one of them being shot dead. It all unfolded in the 17500 block of Appoline at about 10 a.m. Family members of the 38-year-old woman told Local 4 she heard the men break into her home and found them in her kitchen, handling a gun they had found in her purse. The family members said one of the men tried to go upstairs but was shot in the head by the woman, who used another gun she...
  • Guns allowed at school?(MI)

    04/09/2012 6:22:00 AM PDT · by marktwain · 14 replies ^ | 8 April, 2012 | Sammy DeMarco
    Concealed weapons should be allowed on campus. There, I said it. After years of believing weapons should not be allowed on university property, I have flipped my position. I can no longer find a valid reason as to why law-abiding citizens who attend and work at Eastern Michigan University or any university campus should be left defenseless. Last week, the group Students for Concealed Carry protested the ban on carrying concealed weapons on campus. It coincided with a bill passed in the Michigan Senate that will lift the ban and allow citizens to legally carry concealed weapons at universities. Last...
  • Pastor Terry Jones Calls Mohammad a “Liar, Pedophile & False Prophet” at Dearborn Protest

    04/07/2012 8:55:13 PM PDT · by Pride_of_the_Bluegrass · 73 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | Gateway Pundit
    With the twin spires of the Islamic Center of America in the background, the Rev. Terry Jones praised Christianity and condemned Islam, calling it “of the devil.” “Mohammad was a liar, a pedophile and a false prophet,” Jones said. “I believe that as a Christian. But as an American who believes in the constitution I believe they have the right to practice their beliefs under the freedom of religion.” Jones — who is on his fourth trip to Dearborn to preach about the dangers of Islam and its agenda of imposing Sharia law on America — also called for a...
  • Hutaree case illustrates Justice Department double standard

    03/29/2012 5:09:16 AM PDT · by marktwain · 12 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 28 March, 2012 | David Codrea
    “A federal judge acquitted seven members of the Hutaree militia Tuesday of the most serious charges following six weeks of testimony in a high-profile terror case,” The Detroit News reported yesterday. On the second anniversary of the Hutaree arrests, U.S. District Judge Victoria Roberts granted a defense motion to acquit the militia members on seven charges, including seditious conspiracy and conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction. Still open are some weapons charges “against Hutaree leader David Stone Sr. and his son.” It’s a stunning defeat for Attorney General Eric Holder’s Justice Department, which made great media hay of the...
  • Homeowner Shoots At Thief (MI)

    03/28/2012 4:43:31 PM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies ^ | 21 March, 2012 | NA
    A Lansing homeowner shot at a suspected thief after finding the man in his home Tuesday evening. Police say the man returned to his home on the 700 block of Cleveland around 5:25 p.m. and saw a man run from the back of his house. The homeowner went inside and found another man inside. He recognized the second suspect, and fired a shotgun at him. The second suspect was not injured and left the home. When police arrived, he directed officers to the home where the suspect lives; he was taken into custody. That man is expected to be arraigned...
  • Police: Retired Detroit Officer Fataly Shot Armed Robber(MI)

    03/24/2012 6:26:04 AM PDT · by marktwain · 30 replies ^ | 23 March, 2012 | RON SAVAGE
    DETROIT (WJBK ) -- It was a slow, sleepy Friday morning at 9:00 a.m. at the Dollar General on East Lafayette in Detroit. Two guys walked into the store. One of them had a gun. They forced a female employee to give them a bag of cash, but the security guard at the store is a retired Detroit police officer. He worked in the homicide division. He said what's the deal. Investigators say one of the bad guys with the gun pointed it at the retired officer, but in one, swift move he pulled his gun and shot the armed...
  • Victim shoots at suspects after attempted Bedford Twp. burglary

    03/24/2012 6:20:57 AM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies · 1+ views ^ | 20 March, 2012 | Nick Bade
    BEDFORD TOWNSHIP, MI (WTOL) – Monroe County Sheriff's Deputies are searching for three men they say lured a Bedford Township resident out of his home in an attempt to steal from him. Police say one suspect got the homeowner to come into his front yard while two more entered the home through the back door. When the homeowner became suspicious of the suspect, he went back inside and interrupted the attempted burglary in progress. All the suspects fled as the homeowner got a hand gun. As the suspects were fleeing in a minivan the victim fired one shot, hitting the...
  • Would-be Robber Taken Out by Store Customer(MI)

    03/23/2012 3:30:27 PM PDT · by marktwain · 22 replies · 1+ views ^ | 23 March, 2012 | Jason Volentine
    A man walked into Spike N' Mike's Party Store around 10:00 a.m. Thursday morning, intending to rob the place, according to the store's owner. The suspect, identified by a relative as Robert Slanger, didn't count on a vigilant, mixed-martial arts trained customer stepping in, however. "I look at the cashier, I kind of know him, I come in there every day. I whispered to him, I mouthed to him, 'Are you getting robbed right now?' He said, 'Yeah,' like really scared," said Zack Thome, the GVSU college student who tackled the suspect. The store, located at the busy corner of...
  • Flint Police violated man's rights by kicking him out of meeting, gun-rights adovcates say(MI)

    03/15/2012 6:46:23 PM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies ^ | 15 March, 2012 | Gary Ridley
    FLINT, Michigan -- A spokesperson for a national organization that supports the open carry of firearms said Flint Police violated the rights of a man who authorities asked to leave the State of the City Address at City Hall because he was wearing a pistol strapped to his side in plain view. Spokespeople from groups that advocate open carry firearm rights said Flint Police violated the rights of an Occupy Flint protestor when they asked him to leave the State of the City Address on Monday at City Hall because he was carrying a firearm. "This is clearly a violation...
  • When Is Quoting Van Halen a Crime?(FIRE,gun)

    03/15/2012 2:36:40 AM PDT · by marktwain · 63 replies ^ | 14 March, 2012 | Jacob Sullum
    This week Gary D. Russi, president of Oakland University in Michigan, rejected a request from the Foundation for Inividual Rights in Education (FIRE) to reconsider the three-semester suspension imposed on a student for commenting on the attractiveness of his creative writing instructor in a journal he maintained as part of the course. The "daybook" was supposed to be "a place for a writer to try out ideas and record impressions and observations," including "freewriting/brainstorming" and "creative entries." The student, Joseph Corlett, says his instructor, Pamela Mitzelfeld, repeatedly assured him that no topic was off limits, which turned out to be...
  • Jackson County committee OKs policy to allow employees to carry guns at work(MI)

    03/12/2012 10:14:11 AM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies ^ | 12 March, 2012 | Brad Flory
    JACKSON — Jackson County may soon become the first government body in Michigan, as far as it knows, to let employees to carry concealed pistols at work. A revised policy on workplace violence would essentially end a work rule against guns by allowing employees and contractors to carry pistols on county property if they have a license to carry a concealed weapon. Despite disagreement from county department heads, many commissioners appear to believe they should not interfere with employees' rights to carry guns if properly licensed. "I think its a constitutional right," said Commissioner David Elwell, chief of the Columbia...
  • Michigan Bill to Repeal Restrictions on Rifle and Shotgun Purchases

    03/11/2012 6:58:46 AM PDT · by marktwain · 13 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 9 March, 2012 | NRA-ILA
    Charlotte, NC --( Recently, state Senator Tom Casperson (R-38) introduced Senate Bill 984, legislation that would allow Michigan residents to purchase long-guns, from any other state as long as they comply with current federal firearms laws. It would also allow non-residents to purchase rifles and shotguns in Michigan. At the moment, SB 984 has been referred to the state Senate Committee on Outdoor Recreation and Tourism. Originally, the federal Gun Control Act banned interstate sales of firearms but contained an exception for long gun transactions occurring between federally licensed dealers (FFLs) and residents of contiguous states. Moreover, such sales could...
  • Michael Barone: Will AL and MS clear the field?

    03/09/2012 1:43:11 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 16 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | March 9, 2012 | Michael Barone
    [BIG SNIP] Republicans’ new rules discouraging (though not entirely banning) winner-take-all delegate allocation in pre-April 1 contests have prevented anyone from getting close to the 1,144 delegate majority yet and prevent anyone from getting there at least until May. But Republican voters, by choosing Mitt Romney, can shut the process down. Romney wins in either Alabama or Mississippi—or, in what everyone a few days thought was impossible, both—could effectively eliminate Gingrich from voters’ consideration and could make Rick Santorum’s path forward seem so unforbidding that even this determined and indefatigable candidate could find it hard to go on. And even...
  • Man detained after legally bringing gun to school considers lawsuit, loses job offer (video)(MI)

    03/04/2012 6:38:52 AM PST · by marktwain · 73 replies ^ | 2 March, 2012 | Heidi Fenton
    GRAND RAPIDS — Nicholas Looman said he was not surprised the Kent County Prosecutor’s Office found he complied with state law while carrying a gun into an elementary school voting precinct this week. He’s disheartened with what he sees as a lack of understanding with open-carry gun laws and has hired an attorney to “explore the possibility” of a lawsuit against local law enforcement authorities. Looman questions whether being “detained” in an office at Aberdeen Elementary School on voting day violated his personal rights. He is upset with how the whole situation was handled. "The prosecutor went out of his...
  • MSP: Law allows some to carry guns in schools(MI)

    03/04/2012 6:15:49 AM PST · by marktwain · 17 replies · 1+ views ^ | 1 March, 2012 | Matt Campbell
    GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Michigan State Police say a man who walked into a Grand Rapids school with a gun was protected by state law. Around noon Tuesday, the man walked into the polling place at Aberdeen Elementary School with a gun clearly visible in his holster. The man told administrators he had a concealed carry permit, and was trying to stand up for his legal right to carry a gun on election day. Previous Coverage - GRPS: Voter may be charged for bringing gun to school School leaders expect the man to face a misdemeanor charge, but that may...
  • GRPS: Voter to be charged for bringing gun to school(MI semi barf)

    02/29/2012 12:36:26 PM PST · by marktwain · 3 replies · 1+ views ^ | 28 February, 2012 | Matt Campbell and Jessica Puchala
    GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- A Grand Rapids Public Schools spokesman says a man was trying to make a political statement by bringing a gun into a school that was also serving as a voting site. The incident happened around noon Tuesday at Aberdeen Elementary School, 928 Aberdeen St. NE. Spokesman John Helmholdt says the man entered the school's gymnasium -- the location of the polling site -- through the doors designated for voters. The man voted, then tried to exit through the school building. Helmholdt says a teacher spotted the man and saw he was clearly carrying a gun in...
  • Man who brought gun to school voting precinct frustrated after police called(MI)

    02/29/2012 12:22:59 PM PST · by marktwain · 34 replies · 2+ views ^ | 28 February, 2012 | Heidi Fenton
    GRAND RAPIDS — Nicholas Looman says he carries a gun on a regular basis to exercise his rights as a licensed firearms holder. He’s carried a pistol while grocery shopping, attending public events and while going about other parts of his daily routine. Looman believes he’s well-versed in the state’s right-to-carry laws. So when he was stopped outside a voting precinct after casting his ballot in Tuesday’s primary election, Looman, 25, said he was frustrated, more than anything, with what he believes is a lack of understanding over what the laws are. “I don’t want to be a problem. I...
  • Homeowner says he shot man in self-defense(MI)

    02/14/2012 11:32:17 AM PST · by marktwain · 4 replies ^ | 13 February, 2012 | NA
    BARRY COUNTY, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) – A Barry County homeowner says he took matters into his own hands Monday morning and shot a man he claims was trying to break into his home. The incident happened around 7:00 am Monday morning on Boyson Road near 9 Mile Road in Orangeville. Investigators with the Barry County Sheriff's Department are looking at whether the shooting is actually self defense. The homeowner says he shot an intruder, but deputies are looking at who should be charged. “We have to sort out was it self-defense or was it something criminal that either party had...
  • 911 IS A JOKE: Detroit citizens no longer rely on police as self-defense killings skyrocket (MI)

    02/09/2012 9:27:00 AM PST · by marktwain · 93 replies · 1+ views ^ | 7 February, 2012 | MARA GAY
    The people of Detroit are taking no prisoners. Justifiable homicide in the city shot up 79 percent in 2011 from the previous year, as citizens in the long-suffering city armed themselves and took matters into their own hands. The local rate of self-defense killings now stands 2,200 percent above the national average. Residents, unable to rely on a dwindling police force to keep them safe, are fighting back against the criminal scourge on their own. And they’re offering no apologies. “We got to have a little Old West up here in Detroit. That’s what it’s gonna take,” Detroit resident Julia...
  • MCRGO Michigan Legislative Update

    02/07/2012 5:34:29 AM PST · by marktwain
    Ammoland ^ | 6 February, 2012 | MCRGO
    Michigan - -( Senate Bill 58 was introduced by Senator Green early last year and co-sponsored by Senators Kowall, Brandenburg, Colbeck, Casperson, Emmons, Jansen, Moolenaar and Robertson. It is currently sitting with the Senate Judiciary Committee. The bill would eliminate the so-called “Pistol Free Zones” for CPL (Concealed Pistol License) holders. As readers of this column may recall, I often refer to the “Pistol Free Zones” as “Mass Murderer Empowerment Zones.” This is because the list includes several places where mass killings have occurred. As any thinking person knows, the only effect of any “gun free zone” that is not...
  • Bachmann denies endorsement rumors

    02/02/2012 5:34:19 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 35 replies
    WMCTV ^ | February 2, 2012 | CNN
    CNN) - Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann denied reports that she was negotiating an endorsement of GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Bachmann, who suspended her presidential campaign last month, said on Wednesday that she is not ready to back a candidate. "I know there was a lot of speculation earlier today. Governor Romney had gone to Minnesota. People were putting out rumors that I was going to be endorsing. I am not," she said. "I'm not in negotiations to do an endorsement, so I want to make that absolutely clear. I have absolutely no plans to do that."
  • Mich. Family: Grandmother Assaulted at Chuck E. Cheese's (DETROIT)

    01/16/2012 11:41:01 AM PST · by Islander7 · 84 replies
    WJBK - Detroit ^ | Jan 16, 2012 | By RONNIE DAHL
    DEARBORN, Mich. (WJBK) - A woman is in the hospital after witnesses say she was assaulted at a Chuck E. Cheese's restaurant in Dearborn over the weekend. Family members tell FOX 2 the woman was celebrating her grandson's seventh birthday Sunday afternoon when she asked patrons at a nearby table to clean up their language. "She said, 'please don't use that language with children,'" said the victim's daughter told. "They told her to 'shut the f--- up and turn around.'"
  • Welcome Back: Soldiers Get Homecoming at Selfridge

    01/10/2012 2:30:39 AM PST · by equaviator · 3 replies
    Macomb Patch ^ | January 9, 2012 | John McTaggart
    Nearly 300 airmen of the Michigan National Guard returned to Selfridge Air National Guard Base after deployment to Afghanistan. One after the other nearly 300 airmen from the Michigan Air National Guard emerged from a narrow hallway at Selfridge Air National Guard Base into a sea of people gathered to welcome friends, family and loved ones home Monday evening after a four-month deployment to Afghanistan. The airmen, members of the 127th Wing of the Michigan Air National Guard, were met with warm embraces, and countless hugs and kisses from those who longed for their safe return during their 120-day deployment....
  • Home invader shot by retired police officer(MI)

    12/29/2011 6:12:18 AM PST · by marktwain · 5 replies
    29 December, 2011 | Dean Weingarten
    Ronnie Dee Mixon had broken into a home in Warren, Michigan, when he was shot by the home owner, a retired police officer. Mr. Mixon was on parole for three home invasions in 2009 and 2010. The police chief said that breaking into a home is a very dangerous thing to do, and that he would discourage it. It appears that the retired police officer was justified and that no charges will be filed agains him. He is 63 years old.
  • Double shooting at Detroit restaurant Wednesday(MI)

    12/23/2011 10:18:03 AM PST · by marktwain · 19 replies ^ | 21 December, 2011 | Shawn Ley
    DETROIT - Police are looking at security camera video from a wild double shooting on Detroit's west side Wednesday. It happened at family owned Legends Coney Island at West Davison and Linwood Wednesday morning. A man on his way to work was waiting for his order at 2:30am, when a young man wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt over his head ran in to rob the customer. That robber failed to see the back of the man’s jacket marked "SECURITY." He chose to rob a victim who is an armed security guard. Still, the robber shot the man in his legs....
  • Cash & burn [more from the democrat Culture of Corruption]

    12/16/2011 11:38:10 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    nypost ^ | 8:25 AM, December 16, 2011 | JOSH MARGOLIN
    The Democratic senator who savaged Jon Corzine at a high-profile Capitol Hill hearing this week had another reason to go hard on her former colleague — she recently pressed him for campaign contributions but didn’t get any. “She would literally call once every two or three weeks,” one Corzine intimate said of Sen. Debbie Stabenow (DMich.). “She called all the time.” Stabenow, chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee, had blasted the former senator and New Jersey governor Tuesday for his failure to explain what happened to $1.2 billion in missing customer money from his bankrupt firm, MF Global. “This isn’t...
  • The Sunday Offbeat: Man's worst nightmare becomes reality for home invasion suspect(MI)

    12/11/2011 7:12:56 AM PST · by marktwain · 33 replies
    The Flint Journal ^ | 10 December, 2011 | Khalil AlHajal
    One of any man’s worst nightmares became reality for a home invasion suspect in Flint last month. The 28-year-old Flint man was trying to force his way into a home after banging on the door and falsely identifying himself as police when he was shot by the homeowner, who told police the suspect was reaching into his pocket for what he thought was a gun. The bullet went through the suspect’s hip and into his most private of parts. When officers arrived and asked the injured suspect what happened, he replied “Figure it out yourself,” according to police reports. “To...
  • 'Forced Unionization' Brings In $28 Million For SEIU ... And Climbing

    12/09/2011 11:52:02 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/8/2011 | Jack Spencer
    The “take” so far from Michigan's forced unionization of supposed home health care workers for the Service Employees International Union is $28 million. That tally is going up on a monthly basis. The overwhelming majority of these dollars can be used for almost anything the SEIU desires, including advertising, issue advocacy, lobbying, get out the vote efforts and other political purposes. According to the Michigan Department of Community Health, the amount of "dues" taken out of subsidy checks that go to "home health care workers'” checks and passed on to the SEIU so far is as follows: 2007: $5,040,263 2008:...