(10/09/13) - Dozens of gun owners marched the streets of Lansing Wednesday
morning to make sure legislators know how they feel about their Second Amendment
They're pushing to be able to legally carry pistols into even more areas.
About 150 gun owners from all over the state walked a half mile to the Capitol, many with their guns in plain sight.
"I definitely would have liked to have seen a few more people, but it's a work day and most of us are hard working," said Dan Edinger, of Troy.
They say there's strength in numbers. They strongly feel the more people who are trained to legally carry and have weapons readily available, the more crime will be reduced.
"We want to try to eliminate the pistol free zones. That's our number one priority. We see them as criminal empowerment zones. We really need to get rid of them in Michigan," said Phil Hofmeister, Michigan Open Carry, Inc. president.
Michigan law currently restricts guns in churches, bars, schools, day cares and sports arenas.
Wednesday's rally had a second purpose.
"We're here to lobby our representatives, our senators, to pursue relaxing some of the gun laws," said Rick Ector, of Detroit.
The gun owners were encouraged to call on their state legislators and let them know how they feel about their Second Amendment rights. Many of them came to the Anderson House Office Building.
"I think it's very important, rather than phone calls and emails, when you walk into their office, look them in the eye, shake their hand. They see you as a real person. You can talk to them about what your wishes are. I think that goes a long way," Edinger said.
While they see state legislators as sympathetic to their cause, they do have a bone to pick with Gov. Snyder.
"He's vetoed a lot of our pro-gun legislation that passed both houses of Michigan, so I don't think he's really representing gun owners right now," Edinger said.
They're always leery of what changes the federal government may have in store for gun owners.
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