DETROIT (WWJ) – It was a packed house of people packing at an Open Carry Dinner at the Blue Point Restaurant on E. Warren off Cadieux on Detroit’s east side Monday night. 

WWJ’s Mike Campbell was at the fully loaded eatery and spoke with Rick Ector Chief Instructor of Rick’s Firearm Academy of Detroit.

“There are places like schools, K-12,(where you can not open carry a firearm), says Ector.

“If you have laws in which you can’t not carry firearms, then basically the only people that are going to obey those laws are criminals and maybe the mentally ill. And if law abiding citizens are going to be left defenseless because we are going to obey the laws even though it doesn’t make any sense logically, so if the criminals don’t pay attention to the laws them we are just victims just waiting to be victimized,” says Ector.

Ector says the way it is now, especially in the city of Detroit, everybody needs to be able to protect themselves.

Gregory Champion of Detroit says he is trained and law abiding.

“Carrying a gun is not for everybody…there is a lot of training that you have to go through to be able to carry a gun effectively, there is another amount of training that you have to go through psychologically to be able to deal with, God forbid, if anything should happened and do you have to take a persons life,” says Champion.

“I got enough,” says one patron when asked what he’s type of gun he’s carrying.

Ector says the way it is now, especially in the city of Detroit, everybody needs to be able to protect themselves.

Comments (4)
  1. Mike says:

    actjually, in Michigan, persons holding a Concealed Pistol License can legally oepn carry at K-12 schools.

    1. David M. Bennett says:

      Provided you are open carrying (make sure you know the laws inside-out-and-backwards!). Also I believe you might need to be a Michigan resident with a Michigan permit, not sure about out-of-state permits. Again, there are many legal pitfalls here and a few open-carriers have been threatened with arrest for attempting to carry openly in K-12 schools zones. But yes it is legal.

    2. Brendan says:

      Thank you Mike, that is true…If you have a CPL you can lawfully cary your sidearm in pistol-free-zones OPENLY…

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