Open-carry proponents asked to leave Michigan GOP Convention

By Lia Kananipuamaeole Kamana and Gabriela Saldivia
Ingham County Chronicle staff writers

LANSING—Controversy brewed the weekend of Feb. 22-24, at the Michigan Republican Convention when a group called Campaign for Liberty was asked to leave the Lansing Center because they were openly carrying weapons. “I’m very surprised that there was absolutely no defense from the Republican Party when the security guard was telling us we had to remove our side arms,” said Tony Demott, director of Michigan’s Campaign for Liberty. “You would think that (the Republican Party) would be supportive of the second Amendment,” DeMott said. “ You would think they would be supportive of their members.