Armed Officer To Attend Every Commission Meeting

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.– An armed officer will be in attendance at every Grand Rapids city commission meeting.

The move is in response to the fact that armed citizens have taken guns to the public meetings.

Michigan law says that if someone has a license to carry a concealed weapon, they are allowed bring that gun to a public meeting.

In early January, Tom Lambert and other gun right supporters went to the podium during public comment with guns visible on their belts. They said that the city ordinance prohibiting concealed guns goes against state law, which allows the guns at public meetings.

At the meeting, Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell said he doesn’t want to see guns at a public meeting, period.  The mayor said the presence of guns could intimidate people from speaking their minds.

The armed officers have been in attendance since then.

The Kent County Commission is also considering having an armed deputy at their meetings as well.

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      • Alex

        Not a cop and I wouldn't recommend taking legal advice from one either. Or just taking it from someone online. However if you google "MSP legal update #86" that is a trifold made by the Michigan State Police regarding carry laws in the state of Michigan. Googling "Michigan Open Carry" will help too. Also it's a concealed pistol license (CPL) not CCW. It allows people the OPTION to carry concealed. If you don't have one you can openly carry a holstered pistol as long as it's registered to you.

    • Roger

      I know what Alex says here is true. I used to work for Rylees Ace, every so often working in the sporting goods department. I have spoken to plenty of police men/ women that have said we are an open carry state, and that police are not to do anything unless a lot of complaints come in regarding said circumstance. So you do not need a CPL, which is what it is called these days, not CCW, to carry a hand gun in the opn on your hip, or shoulder.

  • Dave

    One would think that if you took an oath to defend the Constitution of the USofA and to the State of Michigan, one wouldn't pick and choose what laws they wish to follow. I contacted the city of GR back in 2010 about their illegal firearms ordinances and never got a response.

  • Legal gun owner

    I find it ironic that the mayor, who wants enforce a gun ban on the citizens, hires someone with a gun to protect him. isn't this hypocritical?

  • Law Abiding Citizen

    Talk about intimidating… The rule makers are putting armed guards in the meetings and that's NOT supposed to intimidate people from speaking their minds? So an armed citizen is intimidating but an armed guard working for the Mayor is not? I supposed if you're the mayor its not… Everyone with a gun in power wants everyone else disarmed…