michigan open carry inc http://michiganradio.org en House passes legislation to clarify 'brandishing' and protect gun owners' privacy http://michiganradio.org/post/house-passes-legislation-clarify-brandishing-and-protect-gun-owners-privacy <p>LANSING –&nbsp;The House moved to broaden gun owners' rights Thursday by voting to reaffirm the confidential status of gun records, clarify the definition of "brandishing" a gun and lift a ban on short-barreled rifles.</p><p>A Republican package of bills passed by a wide margin, with 81-28 being the closest vote. The bills would codify a 1999 Michigan Supreme Court decision that found the disclosure of gun registry records to be "a clearly unwarranted invasion of an individual's privacy."</p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 15:57:10 +0000 The Associated Press 16851 at http://michiganradio.org House passes legislation to clarify 'brandishing' and protect gun owners' privacy Gun rights advocates to march in Grand Rapids this afternoon http://michiganradio.org/post/gun-rights-advocates-march-grand-rapids-afternoon <p>Supporters of Michigan’s laws allowing people to openly carry guns plan to march through Grand Rapids this afternoon.</p><p>They’re supporting Johann Deffert, a Grand Rapids resident who’s suing the city in federal court. Deffert claims his constitutional rights were violated a year ago when Grand Rapids police briefly detained him for openly carrying a gun as he walked through a residential neighborhood.</p><p>For more than a year, open-carry advocates have been demanding Grand Rapids repeal a local ordinance they believe is unconstitutional.</p> Sun, 02 Mar 2014 13:25:08 +0000 Lindsey Smith 16676 at http://michiganradio.org Gun rights advocates to march in Grand Rapids this afternoon Michigan Supreme Court passes on libraries and guns case http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-supreme-court-passes-libraries-and-guns-case <p>The Michigan Supreme Court has decided not to hear an appeal of a case involving libraries and guns.</p><p><a href="http://www.cadl.org/">Lansing’s library system</a> had banned openly carried firearms in its branches. But the Court of Appeals found that violated a state law preventing local units of government from banning weapons.</p><p>Today, the state Supreme Court decided to let the lower court decision stand.</p> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 01:18:34 +0000 Steve Carmody 15390 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Supreme Court passes on libraries and guns case Grand Rapids gun law may violate Michigan law, but city has “no interest” in changing it http://michiganradio.org/post/grand-rapids-gun-law-may-violate-michigan-law-city-has-no-interest-changing-it <p>A debate about guns is brewing in the City of Grand Rapids.</p><p>At Grand Rapids City Hall Tuesday night, several people had pistols holstered at their hips for a commission meeting.</p><p>They’re part of <a href="http://www.miopencarry.org/">Michigan Open Carry</a>, a group that’s pressuring commissioners to change a local law. It bans loaded firearms here, or any public place in Grand Rapids.</p><p>Mayor George Heartwell says he has a “very healthy respect for guns” but he doesn’t think they belong at city hall.</p> Wed, 09 Jan 2013 06:31:36 +0000 Lindsey Smith 10682 at http://michiganradio.org Grand Rapids gun law may violate Michigan law, but city has “no interest” in changing it Michigan Court of Appeals shoots down Lansing library firearms ban http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-court-appeals-shoots-down-lansing-library-firearms-ban <p>A state court has struck down a Lansing library’s ban on people openly carrying guns in its branches.</p><p>The Capitol Area District Library instituted its policy banning patrons from openly carrying firearms in 2005.</p><p>A group called Michigan Open Carry challenged the ban, claiming the ban violated a state law which blocks local units of government from instituting rules that restrict gun owners.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; And a majority of the Michigan Court of Appeals agreed.</p><p>From the conclusion of the opinion released by the Court of Appeals:</p> Fri, 26 Oct 2012 16:30:05 +0000 Steve Carmody 9641 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Court of Appeals shoots down Lansing library firearms ban Michigan Court of Appeals to consider legal challenge to Lansing library weapons ban http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-court-appeals-consider-legal-challenge-lansing-library-weapons-ban <p>This week, the Michigan Court of Appeals will hear arguments in a case over whether a library can ban weapons.</p><p>The Capital Area District Library has a very simple policy: &nbsp;<a href="http://www.cadl.org/about/policy/policy-SER103.pdf">&ldquo;All weapons are banned from Library premises by the fullest extent permitted by law&rdquo;</a></p><p> Mon, 09 Jul 2012 05:01:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 8185 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Court of Appeals to consider legal challenge to Lansing library weapons ban