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Open carry gun demonstration held in Grand Haven

9:55 PM, Aug 2, 2013   |    comments
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GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WZZM) -- Coast Guard members weren't the only with guns visible in Grand Haven Friday evening.

A group of second amendment advocates gathered to demonstrate their right to openly carry firearms.

The plan was to walk through downtown Grand Haven during the Coast Guard Festival, but police asked if they wouldn't do that, because it might scare visitors at the festival.

Organizers agreed to remain at City Hall to prevent the public from overwhelming authorities with 911 calls. They said their point was not to scare people, but to educate citizens about their constitutional rights.

"Everyone is responsible for their own safety and that's really the point we are trying to make here," said Shane Wimer.

Police said the proposed march was completely legal but were pleased the gun advocates stayed at City Hall. Michigan residents are allowed to carry a visible firearm in most public areas.

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