Open Carry en In this morning's headlines: Guns in Lansing library, oil and gas taxes, Whitmer will not run <p><strong>Lansing public library's effort to ban openly carried firearms has ended</strong></p><p>"The Michigan Supreme Court has decided not to hear an appeal of a case involving libraries and guns. Lansing’s library system had banned openly carried firearms in its branches.&nbsp; But the Court of Appeals found that violated a state law preventing local units of government from banning weapons," Steve Carmody <a href="">reports.</a></p><p><strong>Bill would affect taxes related to oil and gas wells</strong></p><p>A bill in Lansing would exempt things like piping, machinery, tanks and other equipment used to develop oil and gas wells from personal property taxes. As the Detroit Free Press <a href="">reports, </a></p><blockquote><p><br />"Leaders of some of Michigan's poorest counties in the northern Lower Peninsula say the change would cost their communities millions of dollars while giving a tax break to oil and gas companies."</p></blockquote><p><strong>Gretchen Whitmer will not be on 2014 ballot</strong></p><p>Senate minority leader Gretchen Whitmer confirmed yesterday she will not be on the statewide ballot in 2014. As the Detroit Free Press <a href="">reports,</a></p><blockquote><p>"She announced early this year that she wasn’t going to run for governor in 2014. But speculation had been rampant that Whitmer could be a serious and credible candidate for Attorney General or Lieutenant Governor. 'But it’s just not the time,' she told the Free Press Thursday. 'My girls are 10 and 11, and I thought when they got to this age they wouldn’t need me as much, but they need me more.'"</p><p> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 12:30:14 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 15392 at In this morning's headlines: Guns in Lansing library, oil and gas taxes, Whitmer will not run Gun advocates protest teen's arrest in SE Michigan <p>A group wielding handguns and rifles is&nbsp; probably not something you&#39;d expect to see often in the upscale Detroit suburb of Birmingham, but following the recent gun-related arrest of an area teen, gun rights supporters decided to protest there by packing heat in public.</p><p>Sean Combs, 18, was arrested in April while strolling down Old Woodward Ave. with an M-1 rifle. Combs faces misdemeanor charges of brandishing a weapon, resisting and obstructing police, and disturbing the peace, but his supporters say he was within his rights to openly carry the weapon.</p><p>As <a href="">the Detroit News reports, </a>gun advocates gathered last night in Birmingham and packed a town commission meeting with their firearms on full display, even though the commission had no plans to discuss Combs&#39; case.</p><p>From the News:</p><blockquote><p>Gun enthusiasts and supporters of &quot;open carry&quot; flocked to the regularly scheduled meeting of the commission, which was not expected to take action or address the charges, to voice their opposition...</p><p>&quot;Why ruin the life of an 18-year-old man for the actions of an overzealous police officer?&quot; said John Roshek, president of the Citizens League for Self Defense, a group that works to educate people on their Second Amendment rights and open carry...</p><p>In April, Birmingham Police Chief Don Studt acknowledged the constitutionality of Combs&#39; decision to carry his gun, but said &quot;this guy was creating a disturbance and he wouldn&#39;t cooperate.&quot;</p></blockquote><p>Birmingham Mayor Mark Mickita said he appreciates public input, the News writes, but maintained that &quot;the issue has gone to the courts.&quot;</p><p><em>-John Klein Wilson, Michigan Radio Newsroom</em></p><p> Tue, 12 Jun 2012 16:47:09 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 7849 at Gun advocates protest teen's arrest in SE Michigan Citizen gun advocates host "open carry" dinner in Detroit <p>Gun rights advocates will gather at a Detroit restaurant Monday night for an &ldquo;open carry&rdquo; dinner.</p><p>Organizer Rick Ector runs Rick&rsquo;s Firearm Academy in Detroit and the blog <a href="">Legally Armed in Detroit</a>.</p><p>Ector says the dinner is a &ldquo;family-oriented&rdquo; event meant to make &ldquo;law-abiding&rdquo; Detroiters aware of their right to openly carry guns in many public places.</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;There&rsquo;s a significant percentage of people that do open carry in Detroit. But primarily when you hear about open carry, it&rsquo;s done outside of the city limits. And for those individuals who are really specifically inside of Detroit proper, I wanted to be the voice out there sharing this information.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p><a href="">Michigan law</a> doesn&rsquo;t explicitly permit open carry, but doesn&rsquo;t forbid it either. Those carrying openly must have a registered weapon &ldquo;clearly displayed,&rdquo; be at least 18 years old, and stay out of designated &ldquo;pistol-free zones.&rdquo;</p><p>The Bluepointe restaurant on Detroit&rsquo;s east side is hosting the dinner, which Ector says he initially thought would draw about 50 people.</p><p>But he says the event has gotten so much attention he now has &ldquo;no idea how many people will show up.&rdquo; Mon, 18 Apr 2011 21:50:48 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 2122 at Citizen gun advocates host "open carry" dinner in Detroit