Michigan News
8:14 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Gun Owners Converge On State Capitol

Pro-gun activists pack heat at the state Capitol

More than 200 gun owners descended on the state Capitol in Lasing Tuesday - many of them openly carrying firearms. Several pro-gun groups from across the country participated in the annual 2nd Amendment Day demonstration.

Jim Howley (left) and his son Josh Howley (right) at 2nd Amendment rally at the state Capitol Tuesday.
Credit Michigan Public Radio Network

They say the rally is an important way to remind state policymakers to protect residents' gun rights.

"It lets them know we're not going to back off," said Jim Howley of Stevensville, "we're not going to change our mind, we're still pushing for the 2nd Amendment, and pushing for the Constitution in general."

During the rally, state Representative and congressional candidate Tom McMillan, R-Rochester Hills, announced new pro-gun legislation that would require local governments to take laws off the books that restrict where people can openly carry firearms.