Grand Rapids judge backs police officer in open-carry stop

Courtesy of MLive.

GRAND RAPIDS, MI (WLNS) – Open carry are two words that have sparked long debates here in Michigan and across the country.

A Grand Rapids judge recently handed down a ruling in an open carry case dealing with how police officers choose when and why to stop someone openly carrying a firearm.

In a 27 page decision, a judge said a Grand Rapids police officer acted lawfully when he stopped and briefly detained a man openly carrying a tactical pistol in a leg holster back in 2013. According to our media partners at MLive, the man claimed his constitutional rights were violated but the judge says the officer had every right to confirm he was not a threat to himself or others.

In Michigan you are allowed to openly carry your registered firearm in a holster with or without a concealed pistol license unless it is clearly posted otherwise.

Private property rules override state laws when it comes to firearms. This case is one of many in recent history dealing with open carry in Michigan, a number of them dealing with schools.

You are allowed to open carry in Michigan schools if you have a valid CPL but you are not allowed to conceal the firearm.

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