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    Grand Rapids/ Walker area

    New to the site and have been doing some reading on open carry, I have had my Michigan CPL for a couple years now and have been tossing the idea around for open carry as it gets warmer outside.

    I haven't seen much on discussion for the Grand Rapids area or the Walker area/ surrounding area's, are these area's a big no no?

    Thanks for any info or experiences in these area's, love the site so far.

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    Hi Doug. There's lots going on in GR. Google "MLive + Grand Rapids + Commission + Gun"

    There is even a seminar tonight if you can make it. http://us4.campaign-archive2.com/?u=...&id=bfc91fef3b

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigt8261 View Post
    Hi Doug. There's lots going on in GR. Google "MLive + Grand Rapids + Commission + Gun"

    There is even a seminar tonight if you can make it. http://us4.campaign-archive2.com/?u=...&id=bfc91fef3b

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    Ahhh man! I am heading out of town for the weekend soon, I really wish I could make this, hopefully there will be another soon, thanks for the info.

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    Well here are a few more Michigan Open Carry events in your area that you might be interested in.

    Dinner in Kzoo March 23rd. http://www.facebook.com/events/462395277161049/
    Seminar in Battle Creek March 24th http://www.facebook.com/events/123775604461238/
    *** Fundraiser Dinner in Grandville March 26th http://www.facebook.com/events/339293012854767/

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigt8261 View Post
    Well here are a few more Michigan Open Carry events in your area that you might be interested in.

    Dinner in Kzoo March 23rd. http://www.facebook.com/events/462395277161049/
    Seminar in Battle Creek March 24th http://www.facebook.com/events/123775604461238/
    *** Fundraiser Dinner in Grandville March 26th http://www.facebook.com/events/339293012854767/
    Thank you! I'm thinking the one in Grandville may happen for me.

    Been reading some of the Mlive stories about what is going on for Grand Rapids, still a bit confusing to me, so NO open carry in the GR city limits?? Keep in mind, I DO have my cpl. sorry if these are really stupid questions lol!

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    You CAN open carry or CC with a CPL in Grand Rapids. the issue with the commission is a law on the books that isn't enforced. I am sure that there are people who would be willing to get together with you in the area as well without a actual seminar or dinner / lunch.

    Quote Originally Posted by Dougcr View Post
    Thank you! I'm thinking the one in Grandville may happen for me.

    Been reading some of the Mlive stories about what is going on for Grand Rapids, still a bit confusing to me, so NO open carry in the GR city limits?? Keep in mind, I DO have my cpl. sorry if these are really stupid questions lol!
    My reasons to OC
    1. to raise awareness of the legality of open carry in Michigan
    2. To raise awareness that good people carry guns
    3. A deterrent to people so that I won't be targeted
    4. Because it's more comfortable than CC in most situations
    5. Because I can and want to
    6. Because it's perfectly legal
    7. Self defense

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raggs View Post
    You CAN open carry or CC with a CPL in Grand Rapids. the issue with the commission is a law on the books that isn't enforced. I am sure that there are people who would be willing to get together with you in the area as well without a actual seminar or dinner / lunch.
    Thanks! The wife and I are planning on the meetup in Grandville on the 26th.

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    No worries about the questions. It does sound like you're fairly new so I would personally suggest you try to attend a seminar before you try anything too risky. Also check out some of the stickies here in the Michigan sub forum of OCDO and here: http://forums.michiganopencarry.org/

    As far as OC in GR, the state of Michigan has what is called preemption. MCL 123.1102 essentially preempts all local forms of government from making their own laws. GRs ordinances are a bit more strict than State law, but you do not need to worry about them. Just worry about State law (and a bit of Federal).

    Reporters tend to do a poor job of explaining things, so try not to go off of what they say.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raggs View Post
    I am sure that there are people who would be willing to get together with you in the area as well without a actual seminar or dinner / lunch.
    I agree.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raggs View Post
    I am sure that there are people who would be willing to get together with you in the area as well without a actual seminar or dinner / lunch.
    Yes, there are.
    'If the people are not ready for the exercise of the non-violence of the brave, they must be ready for the use of force in self defense. There should be no camouflage.....it must never be secret.' MK Gandhi II-146 (Gandhi on Non-Violence)-- Gandhi supports open carry!

    'There is nothing more demoralizing than the fake non-violence of the weak and impotent.' MK Gandhi II-153 (Gandhi on Non-Violence)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dougcr View Post
    New to the site and have been doing some reading on open carry, I have had my Michigan CPL for a couple years now and have been tossing the idea around for open carry as it gets warmer outside.

    I haven't seen much on discussion for the Grand Rapids area or the Walker area/ surrounding area's, are these area's a big no no?

    Thanks for any info or experiences in these area's, love the site so far.
    There are a few of us in the area. During the summer I spend about half my time in the Standale area. I'm sure I'll talk to you at the dinner in Grandville. Perhaps a few others from the area and I can meet you some weekend and have lunch? PM me if you are ever interested in doing that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigt8261 View Post
    I agree.
    Quote Originally Posted by Shadow Bear View Post
    Yes, there are.
    Quote Originally Posted by DrTodd View Post
    There are a few of us in the area. During the summer I spend about half my time in the Standale area. I'm sure I'll talk to at the dinner in Grandville. Perhaps a few others from the area and I can meet you some weekend and have lunch? PM me if you are ever interested in doing that.
    My reasons to OC
    1. to raise awareness of the legality of open carry in Michigan
    2. To raise awareness that good people carry guns
    3. A deterrent to people so that I won't be targeted
    4. Because it's more comfortable than CC in most situations
    5. Because I can and want to
    6. Because it's perfectly legal
    7. Self defense

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