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    http://www.mlive.com/news/kalamazoo/index.ssf/2009/06/handguncarrying_advocates_plan.html
    Handgun-carrying advocates plan picnic
    by Rex Hall Jr. | Kalamazoo Gazette
    Friday June 05, 2009, 10:32 PM


    KALAMAZOO -- Food and firearms will go hand in hand Sunday at Bronson Park during an afternoon picnic hosted by the pro-Second Amendment group OpenCarry.org.

    The Open Carry Picnic, from 1 to 4 p.m., is meant to teach residents and raise awareness about the legal right to openly carry a handgun in Michigan, said Josh Tishhouse, a member of the national group.
    The event also is in response to three incidents that, according to Tishhouse, have occurred locally in the last six weeks involving members of OpenCarry.org who were detained by either Kalamazoo or Portage police and later released.

    "It's mostly to show we are a nonconfrontational group," he said. "We're just exercising a constitutional right."

    The event will be similar to recent gatherings the group held previously in Ann Arbor and Hastings. The group also hosted a "meet-and-eat" event this year at Theo & Stacy's on South Westnedge Avenue.

    Police don't plan to have officers at the event, but they do plan to monitor it as needed with on-duty personnel, said Capt. Brian Uridge of the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety.

    "From all the information that we have, we believe it is going to be a peaceful event," Uridge said.

    It is legal to openly carry a loaded pistol in Michigan, but a permit is needed to carry a concealed weapon.

    Tishhouse said between 17 and 19 members have confirmed they plan to attend the picnic, and some of them will be traveling from areas of the state that include Ann Arbor and Detroit.

    The event is free and open to the general public and members of OpenCarry.org. Tishhouse said attendees are not required to openly carry a firearm to take part in the picnic.

    Organizers are asking for anyone who comes to the picnic to bring a dish to pass, their own soft drinks and tableware.

    Rex Hall Jr. can be reached at rhall@kalamazoogazette.com or (269) 388-7784.


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    There need to be more of these everywhere.

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    Great publicity! Cool!
    "You'll be walking along.. OC.. and you'll feel GREAT. You'll feel FREEEEE like 1776 kind of Free." -cscitney87

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    Hey nice pre writeup! I already had to post a rebutal to one of Mlives trolls.. though

    I do so hate trolls
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    Oh heck yeah, publicity!

    See ya' guys there.

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    Hey, that's me!

    :celebrate

    Original thread here: http://opencarry.mywowbb.com/forum30/26252.html

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