Gun Owners Call for Elimination of 'Pistol-Free' Zones During Capitol Rally

By: Anthony Sabella Email
By: Anthony Sabella Email

There wasn't much talking as the 'Second Amendment March' made its way towards the Capitol, but when you have a gun strapped to your back, what else is there to say?

Several months after the Sandy Hook Elementary put the spotlight on gun control laws, Michigan Open Carry President Phillip Hofmeister says the urgency is still there to fight back.

"We're just here today to reaffirm our belief in the Second Amendment and remind our state representatives that we're still here," said Hofmeister.

That meant taking the issue and their guns to lawmakers directly, in the Capitol and House Office Building.

"I think it's kind of at a tipping point, but we're trying to keep it tipping our way," said Jason Gillman, of Dimondale.

As they met with legislators, those at the rally brought along a list of talking points. It included everything from concealed pistol reform to the elimination of 'pistol-free' zones altogether.

"They don't work," said Jack Enen, who came from New Haven. "All the shootings you see are generally in these zones."

In Michigan currently, concealed weapons can't be carried in places like schools, dorm rooms and hospitals. Rep. Andy Schor (D-Lansing), who submitted a bill in January that would also ban open carry in those places, says allowing any weapons in schools is a bad idea.

"You're going to have more bullets flying around in an area with kids," said Rep. Schor. "I think the teacher and administrators first priority is to lockdown."

As for the idea that more guns equals more safety, Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero doesn't buy it.

"The notion that an armed society is a polite society is just garbage. It's nonsense and that's some of the nonsense these people are spewing," said the mayor.

'Nonsense' or not, it's a notion gun rights supporters aren't giving up on anytime soon.

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