Traverse City Record-Eagle

March 21, 2013

Gun owners rally, lobby at Capitol


---- — LANSING (AP) — Hundreds of gun owners are rallying at the Michigan Capitol to remind lawmakers of their right to bear arms.

Some of the people freely and legally carried guns at Wednesday’s rally. Others held pro-Second Amendment signs.

Open-carry advocates and other organizers oppose a proposed federal assault-weapons ban, though that provision was pulled by Democrats from gun-control legislation Wednesday. While the Republican-led Legislature is unlikely to pass any gun-control bills, gun rights groups say they want to keep hammering home their opposition in Lansing.

The Capitol Facilities director estimates 400 to 500 people participated in the rally.