"Open Carry" Advocate Unhappy with GOP Convention Rules

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

An advocate of the open carrying of firearms is protesting the fact that a Republican state convention guard forced him to unload his holster before entering the meeting.
Phillip Hofmeister is president of Michigan Open Carry and was an alternate delegate to the convention from Ingham County at last weekend's convention at the Lansing Center.
He says he stepped out of the meeting to see a friend who was taking a smoke break. Hofmeister says a guard stopped him from re-entering the convention while armed.
Hofmeister says he was acting lawfully and the Republican party chose not to let him in.
Republican spokesman Matt Frendewey says the party has to respect rules of the venue. He says the GOP supports the Second Amendment's protections of gun possession.


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  • by DocTodd Location: Grand Rapids on Mar 10, 2013 at 04:26 PM
    Paul, Mr. Hofmeister does have a Concealed Pistol License (CPL). Maybe the GOP is saying one thing and doing another... Oh, how surprising. (sarcasm /off)
  • by Elaine Location: Location on Feb 27, 2013 at 09:40 AM
    Maybe had they allowed open carry in Florida the man in Frostproof wouldn't have been shot in the leg by his dog and the woman in St. Petersberg wouldn't have been shot by the oven. Something to think about; go figure. People can be very irresponsible with guns..........
  • by 3216549416351684 Location: 63216846341348 on Feb 26, 2013 at 01:37 PM
    CADL v. Michigan Open Carry, Inc. (MI Court of Appeals, 2012)found that the State Legislature intended to occupy the field to the exclusion of all other local government regulation -- including regulation of "Authorities" such as LEPFA (the owner of the Lansing Center). They are required to allow open and concealed carry. They are not a pistol free zone, because they don't have 2500 fixed seats. Phillip Hofmeister is the president of michigan open carry, he carries openly everywhere as a polical statement. The GOP not allowing him in is just bs politics. Republicans and Democrats are no different.
  • by Name Location: Location on Feb 26, 2013 at 12:32 PM
    It may be a public venue. But at the time of it being rented, it would be considered a private venue.
  • by Name Location: Location on Feb 26, 2013 at 08:17 AM
    Why is the Lansing Center required by law to open carry? They are a private venue and they are allowed to ask people to not carry weapons on their property.
  • by paul Location: lansing on Feb 26, 2013 at 07:08 AM
    there were several people there with guns The only thing s we all conceal ours and there is no questions asked. So if you want to carry spend the money like all the rest of us had to do and get a permit.
  • by Darryl Schmitz Location: St. Johns on Feb 26, 2013 at 03:09 AM
    "Republican spokesman Matt Frendewey says the party has to respect rules of the venue. He says the GOP supports the Second Amendment's protections of gun possession." Unless I'm mistaken, the Lansing Center is reqired by law to allow open carry. Please note another typical example of political lying from two political parties that have made lying part of their normal way of doing business.
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