Observer & Eccentric: Gun Case Raises Firearm Law Concerns

Combs just graduated high school in June and had received the long gun—a vintage 1942 M1 Garand .30 caliber combat rifle—as a gift from one of his brothers on his 18th birthday.

In his testimony, Combs said he decided to walk around with the rifle to exercise his civil rights.

“I was just exercising my rights,” he testified. “ of expression, freedom of speech.”

The M1 Garand rifle, typical of the Second Wor...

The M1 Garand rifle, typical of Second World era weaponry (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We need more people like this, willing to step up and exercise their rights. This young man may have been injudicious—inexperienced in the ways of the world, perhaps—but he certainly had the right idea.

I remember seeing a bumper sticker not too long ago: “It’s OK. I wasn’t exercising those anyway.”  Well, I don’t think so. Use ‘em or lose ‘em.

More from the article:

Michigan is an open carry state that does not require a person to produce ID when stopped by the police. In this case, however, the three officers involved in the arrest each testified they wanted to see some ID from Combs because he did not appear to be 18, the legal age to openly carry a firearm.

When he refused to produce ID, they arrested him. He was charged with brandishing a firearm in public, disturbing the peace and obstructing a police officer. Judge Marc Barron of the 48th District Court dismissed the third charge on a lack of evidence.

Here’s the point. He was exercising his second amendment rights. The police claimed that he didn’t look to be 18 years old. But you and I both know that they were nervous about anybody—anybody—just walking around exercising their to open carry. This can’t happen!  This must be stopped!  Who do these people think they are? It just isn’t right! We must do something!

Good for Sean Michael Combs. May his number increase.

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