By: Teresa Mull
Michiganders fed-up with Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s extension of the state’s stay-at-home orders are planning a rally later today at the statehouse.
Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey said protestors with guns who “brandish” them should be arrested.
The Daily Mail reports:
On Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey said that despite a longstanding rule that Michiganders with permits can bring weapons into the Capitol, 'anyone brandishing them in such a way as to intimidate or threaten anyone else should be properly handcuffed, properly taken in and fingerprinted.’
According to WWJNews Radio:
Shirkey, a Republican from Clarklake, says he knows people with permits can bring guns into the Capitol building, but if the weapons are used to intimidate or threaten, law enforcement should not hesitate to act.
Under state law, brandishing a weapon is described as pointing, waving about or displaying "in a threatening manner with the intent to induce fear in another person."
This is the third rally scheduled to protest the lockdown. The first protest reportedly drew thousands of people, and the second saw hundreds show up with firearms. There have been no violent incidents at either of these rallies, just as there were no deaths or shots fired at the Richmond, Virginia rally in January, that saw more than 20,000 armed gun owners gather peacefully at the state capitol to protest gun control.
Teresa Mull is editor of Gunpowder Magazine. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.