Hawkins said violent crime in the city prompted her to get a concealed weapons permit a few years ago. She didn’t know that Michigan law allows legally licensed gun owners to openly carry their weapons under certain circumstances.
Lots of picnics were going on Sunday in Metro Detroit, including one gathering that saw dozens of people openly carrying their weapons on Belle Isle.
The gun rights group that planned an “open carry” dinner at a restaurant earlier this year is hosting an open carry picnic on Detroit’s Belle Isle.
The number of residents trying to get a concealed weapons permit rose to more than 86,800 last year, a 30% increase over the previous year.