A constitutional demonstration

A group of citizens gathered at Grand Haven City Hall on Friday to demonstrate what they say is their constitutional right to openly carry firearms.
Alex Doty
Aug 3, 2013


“We're out here raising awareness for Second Amendment rights and constitutional rights,” said event organizer Shane Wimer. “You can’t always rely on the police. When seconds count, they’re minutes away.”

The Spring Lake man said one of the purposes of the demonstration was to let people know they are responsible for their own safety.

“When you strap on a pistol, it gives you a feeling of confidence,” he said. “You could walk into the worst neighborhood and still have that feeling of confidence.”

It is legal in Michigan to openly carry a firearm, as long as it is carried with lawful
intent and not concealed, subject to certain restrictions. However, a pistol can’t be carried in public where it violates the local ordinance.

Wimer said he has used his gun as protection from an attempted carjacking.

“If it wasn’t for my pistol, who knows what would have happened,” he said. “I was able to diffuse the situation just by drawing my firearm. I was able to get away from the situation and call the police. I didn’t try to track the guy down or anything like that or follow him.”

Wimer added that the people that met outside City Hall isn’t a formal group.

“It was more or less the exposure that’s here today,” he said at Friday's demonstration. “Obviously, there’s thousands of people in downtown Grand Haven right now, and I’d put my money on saying that 75 percent of the people don’t know about open-carry laws and gun laws.”

Cassie Menner of Grand Haven attended the demonstration.

“We need to see in this world and we have to be the change in order to see the change,” she said.

Menner said she is concerned about safety and making sure that constitutional rights are protected. That safety stance is not only for personal protection, but also for using a firearm.

To read more of this story, see Saturday’s print or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.



Alex Doty,
MCL 123.1102 http://legislature.mi.gov/doc.as... says that "A local unit of government shall not impose special taxation on, enact or enforce any ordinance or regulation pertaining to, or regulate in any other manner the ownership, registration, purchase, sale, transfer, transportation, or possession of pistols or other firearms, ammunition for pistols or other firearms, or components of pistols or other firearms, except as otherwise provided by federal law or a law of this state."

Please cite any law that might back up the statement "However, a pistol can’t be carried in public where it violates the local ordinance."

Tri-cities realist

Darn those inconvenient facts! Well done mosnar.


When people are not familiar with the law and are uneducated about the contents of which a specific law was created for, then they usually resort to their own personal opinions, concepts, and theories about that particular law and its contents. In concern to firearms in America we need not go any further than the 2nd Amendment which states: “A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”

Many argue that the Second Amendment is out of date because it refers to the time frame it was written in. Well, if that’s true, then I think we should look at the First Amendment and in fact all of the Amendments and Bill of Rights as being “out of date” because they were referring only to the time frame they were written in. This type of logic and reasoning doesn’t work, because that type of logic and reasoning is not logical or reasonable. When someone attacks the credibility of a specific amendment or right they have only their opinion, concepts, and theories along with their own personal bias and prejudice with a specific agenda which usually results in arguments filled with hate and contempt for those who do not believe as they do. In regard to the Second Amendment, these anti-gun advocates want nothing less than a law making it illegal to own or possess any firearm and complete confiscation. Well, there are 100 million American Citizens who do own guns that disagree with that particular point of view which is about 1/3rd of the U.S. Population of 313.9 million as of 2012.



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