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  • Rifle-Carrying Troy Teen's Trial Begins Today (MI open carry)

    07/11/2012 11:52:26 AM PDT · by marktwain · 22 replies ^ | 11 July, 2012 | Laura Houser
    The trial for Sean Combs, the 18-year-old from Troy found carrying a rifle through downtown Birmingham, begins today. Combs' trial begins at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday in front of Judge Marc Barron at 48th District Court. Combs is charged with brandishing a firearm, disturbing the peace and obstructing an officer after an April 13 incident at the corner of Merrill and South Old Woodward. Combs was arrested around 10 p.m. after refusing to show police officers identification after they asked about the WWII-era M1 Garand .30-caliber rifle strapped to his back, police reports state. Under Michigan law, as an adult, Combs...
  • Gun Rights Group in Court of Appeals(MI)

    07/11/2012 10:26:02 AM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies ^ | 11 July, 2012 | NA
    Open Carry Inc., a Michigan Gun Rights Group, was in the Court of Appeals Wednesday to fight a ruling that upheld the capital area district library's right to ban guns in the library. Last year, a circuit court judge decided the library could ban guns. Open Carry Inc.'s lawyer expects an opinion from the judge in a few weeks. The group's president says if they have to, they'll go all the way to the Supreme Court.
  • Open Carry thoughts(Guns)

    07/11/2012 9:20:21 AM PDT · by marktwain · 22 replies ^ | 10 July, 2012 | Richard L Johnson
    Open carry of firearms in the United States is a source of regular debate among Second Amendment advocates. Some people see open carry as a social or political statement, while others merely see it as a convenient way to carry a self defense tool. Depending on who you talk to, you can get anything from zealot-like support to Brady-ish condemnation of exposed carry. Even if you don’t personally think open carry is a good idea, I believe there are some good reasons to consider it. For example, in some states obtaining a concealed weapon permit is not a reasonable option,...
  • With Pistols and a Rifle, Group Gathers Again to Support Troy Teen (MI)

    07/08/2012 5:51:45 AM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies ^ | 7 July, 2012 | Jen Anesi
    Despite the triple-digit heat, a small group of open carry advocates gathered Friday evening at Birmingham's Shain Park to support Sean Combs, the 18-year-old Troy resident who was arrested in April after he was found carrying a loaded rifle through downtown Birmingham. A similar group of open carry advocates also met at Shain Park on June 11 to support Combs, later attending the Monday night meeting of the Birmingham City Commission. Combs, who is heading to trial Monday following an evidentiary hearing on June 20 at the 48th District Court, was present at Friday's gathering along with his mother, brothers...
  • Erie Group Walks to Demonstrate Second Amendment Right(PA)

    07/02/2012 7:28:47 AM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies ^ | 1 July, 2012 | Ashley Doerzbacher
    A group on Sunday afternoon walked through parts of downtown Erie, demonstrating their Second Amendment right of bearing arms. Around twenty individuals met for this Open Carry of Fire Arms walk, organized by Justin Dillon. Dillon had an encounter with an Erie police officer last week, after he was seen carrying his weapon. Pennsylvania state law does not prohibit openly carrying a weapon. Dillon said he did not organize this to cause any conflict with the police, he just wanted to public to be aware of the laws, along with their constitutional rights. "I just wanted to do this to...
  • RI Open Carry Day One: The Ocean State Has Its Privileges

    07/02/2012 4:00:23 AM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    The Truth About Guns ^ | 28 June, 2012 | Rober Farago
    So there I was in the Rhode Island Attorney General’s office, actually in the office, behind security glass, standing next to a desk, picking up my Pistol Permit. “I had to jump through a lot of hoops to get this,” I told to the woman assembling the laminated card. “It’s a privilege,” the guy-in-charge opined, in no uncertain terms. “It’s a right,” I countered, failing the STFU rule by a large margin. The big guy didn’t even blink. “That’s only for the militias,” he said, ignoring decades of Supreme Court rulings. After an uncomfortable pause he asked why I applied...
  • Michigan Court of Appeals Strikes Down Stun Gun Ban, Says Second Amendment Applies to Open Carry

    07/01/2012 6:51:57 PM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | 27 June, 2012 | Eugene Volokh
    People v. Yanna (Mich. Ct. App. June 26, 2012) holds that Michigan’s stun gun ban violates the Second Amendment. I filed an amicus brief on behalf of AWARE (Arming Women Against Rape & Endangerment) in this case, and also wrote a law review article on the subject (Nonlethal Self-Defense, (Almost Entirely) Nonlethal Weapons, and the Rights To Keep and Bear Arms and Defend Life, 62 Stanford Law Review 199 (2009)), so I’m especially pleased by the result. I hope also that this leads to similar results in some of the other places which ban stun guns — D.C., Hawaii, Massachusetts,...
  • Follow-up: Bass Pro Shops responds to Editorial (and publishes concealed carry policy

    06/27/2012 8:55:05 AM PDT · by marktwain · 21 replies ^ | 26 June, 2012 | Aaron Samsel recently published an editorial by long time writer David LaPell about a string of customer complaints regarding Bass Pro Shop’s concealed carry policy. The article concerned carriers being asked to check their arms before entering the store and it created quite a stir online with folks messaging us coming from across the country both verifying and refuting Mr. LaPell’s insinuations that Bass Pro Shops policy, whatever it was, appeared to be arbitrarily enforced by employees depending on the store location and also not readily available to him in print. Well, Bass Pro Shops responded immediately and, as you will...
  • Gun-Toting Michigan Teen’s Arrest Angers Gun Rights Advocates

    06/26/2012 12:24:07 PM PDT · by marktwain · 18 replies ^ | 25 June, 2012 | Josh Crank
    What does it mean to “brandish” a firearm? A Michigan jury will have to answer that question in next month’s trial of 18-year-old Sean Combs, who was arrested in April after being stopped by police while carrying a loaded M-1 Garand rifle strapped to his back. An armed Combs was walking with his girlfriend through downtown Birmingham, an affluent Detroit suburb with a popular nightlife district. It was about 10 p.m. on a Saturday and sidewalks were crowded when police spotted Combs and suspected him to be under 18 — too young to legally carry a gun. According to a...
  • Tell Us: Are You OK With Guns on the Rail Trail? (PA)

    06/26/2012 8:40:47 AM PDT · by marktwain · 24 replies ^ | 26 June, 2012 | Josh Popichak
    A comment thread recently begun by an individual on the Pennsylvania Firearms Owners Association's (PAFOA) online forum focuses on a "no weapons" rule in effect along the Saucon Rail Trail. A bench dedicated to the memory of fallen Freemansburg police officer Robert Lasso--who was shot to death by George Hitcho in August 2011--is located along the trail in Hellertown's Water Street Park. A PAFOA user from Northampton County named Micky writes that when walking the popular trail in the borough, he stopped to read a sign that outlines rules for its use. "Now, for once, I did not have my...
  • Judge allows [rifle] brandishing case to proceed

    06/22/2012 8:30:20 AM PDT · by kevcol · 18 replies
    Livingston Daily (MI) ^ | June 22, 2012 | Jay M. Grossman
    An Oakland County District court judge has decided to allow a criminal case to go forward against a Troy teenager accused of brandishing a rifle in downtown Birmingham. "This is not a gun-rights case," Judge Marc Barron said during an evidentiary hearing held Wednesday in the case against Sean Michael Combs. Rather, the case hinged on the city of Birmingham's brandishing ordinance and whether the city has a legal right to regulate firearms. Defense attorney Jim Makowski had filed a motion to dismiss all the charges, saying his client never should have been stopped in the first place. Michigan is...
  • County board passes concealed carry ordinance for parks(WI)

    06/21/2012 5:26:47 AM PDT · by marktwain · 15 replies ^ | 20 June, 2012 | NA
    (WEAU) - The Eau Claire County Board passed a new ordinance allowing loaded guns to be carried in parks. In the past guns were only allowed if there were unloaded and encased. Mike Torud with the Eau Claire County Parks and Forestry Department says people carrying a gun need to have a valid concealed carry permit to do so and cannot shoot guns in the park unless it is in self-defense. Violators can be fined up to about $263. Torud says signs should be up in parks in about the next two weeks.
  • Charges won't be dropped against 18-year-old Troy teen arrested for carrying gun in Birmingham

    06/21/2012 4:49:05 AM PDT · by marktwain · 12 replies ^ | 20 June, 2012 | Mara MacDonald
    BIRMINGHAM, Mich. - 18-year-old Troy teen Sean Combs An 18-year-old Troy teenager is heading to court as a poster boy for the fight over open carry gun rights in Michigan. Sean Combs, 18, of Troy, was arrested back in April after he was spotted with a loaded 1942 M-1 Garand military rifle slung across his back in downtown Birmingham. The legal question at this time is if what Combs did was allowed, because Michigan is an open carry state, or was he, as the police say, brandishing a firearm. Tonight, it will be up to a jury. A judge says...
  • Open carry confusion(OK)

    06/20/2012 5:48:30 AM PDT · by marktwain · 13 replies ^ | 19 June, 2012 | Frank Wiley
    When Gov. Fallin pulled the trigger on the open carry law, Evan Wilbanks started predicting problems. He's a firearms instructor, and while he stands for the Second Amendment, he also believes carrying a gun openly goes too far. "I'm not a big advocate of walking into an establishment with a firearm. I feel it makes you a target,” said Wilbanks. The bill prohibits carrying firearms on city, state, or federal property. You can't pack heat in schools or sporting events either. "I’m not a gun enthusiast personally," said Bill Hermann. Hermann patrols his South Tulsa neighborhood daily for anything that...
  • Attorneys' Debate Charges Ahead of Rifle-Carrying Teen's Hearing (MI open carry)

    06/19/2012 4:52:16 PM PDT · by marktwain · 13 replies ^ | 19 June, 2012 | Laura Houser
    Sean Combs, the Troy 18-year-old who was arrested in April after he was found carrying a loaded rifle in downtown Birmingham, will be back in court Wednesday for a hearing to determine whether charges of brandishing a firearm, disturbing the peace and obstructing an officer will move forward or be dismissed. Combs was arrested around 10 p.m. April 13 after he refused to show police officers his identification after they asked about the M1 Garande rifle strapped to his back, according to police reports. The rifle was loaded with one round in the chamber, police say. As an adult under...
  • Learning our way on open carry(OK)

    06/18/2012 4:31:22 AM PDT · by marktwain · 14 replies ^ | 17 June, 2012 | Janet Pearson
    Sean Michael Combs is probably like a lot of 18-year-old young men, except maybe for the M-1 rifle slung across his back. The Troy High School student was arrested April 13, according to the Detroit News, after strolling down the street in the Detroit suburb of Birmingham with the weapon strapped on his back. He now faces three misdemeanor charges, according to the newspaper, "for brandishing a weapon, resisting and obstructing police, and disturbing the peace - each punishable by up to 93 days in jail." After the arrest, Birmingham Police Chief Don Studt acknowledged Combs had a legal right...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Va. AG says 18 year olds may keep hidden guns in cars without permits

    06/10/2012 7:17:49 PM PDT · by open carry · 6 replies ^ | June 10, 2011 | Mike Stollenwerk
    In Virginia, like most states, adults aged 18 and over may own and openly carry firearms, including handguns, in public without any need to register their guns or obtain a permit to open carry. But in a little noticed attorney general opinion last month, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R) issued a formal opinion on concealed carry in which he said that “provided the handgun is properly secured in a container or compartment within the vehicle, persons who may lawfully possess a firearm but have not been issued a concealed weapons permit may possess, in a vehicle, a handgun that...