Open Carry Activists Charged with Felonies at Arraignment

In a report we posted a couple of weeks ago, Found Here, 2nd amendment and open carry advocates, James Baker and Brandon Vreeland, walked into the Deerborn, Michigan Police station open carrying weapons (Although Brandon Vreeland actually had no weapons on him, only a camera and tripod) to file a complaint about an unlawful detention by the office’s officers. They were subsequently detained and arrested at gunpoint while being threatened with things such as “I will put a round in you sir!”. Now, under Michigan law, as we previously reported, they actually committed no crimes, yet the media has been silent on this aspect of the situation, except our organization and a few other independent media outlets that have more of a propensity towards truth.

Yesterday at arraignment, the two individuals misdemeanor charges were dropped, and in an attempt to fully silence their second ammendment activism forever, Felony charges were issued for the two. Both were charged with carrying a concealed weapon, disturbing the peace and assaulting, resisting or obstructing a police officer. Baker was also charged with brandishing a weapon.

There are a few things to point out here. Vreeland was not carrying a gun and Baker was not committing any crime by open carrying his weapon. According to Michigan’s own Penal code:

Brandishmeans to point, wave about, or display in a. threatening manner with the intent to induce fear in. another person.

So I guess that having a weapon slung loose around your chest somehow fits that definition in the eyes of prosecutors in Deerborn, Michigan. We personally see this as a move that may end up helping Mr. Baker and Mr. Vreeland in the impending trial, as the burden of proof will be much greater.

Its also weird to see them do away with what the police claimed was their original reasoning for reacting the way they did, this would be James Baker’s wearing of a mask while open carrying into the station. I guess they realized that the weather was permitting of his wearing this mask.

I guess we will see how this plays out, although the chief of police for Deerborn has stated in a public press conference that he plans on speaking to the governor and state legislator on moving to repeal open carry.

Also, some open carry organizations within Michigan have turned their backs and supported the police fully on this. Their statements are along the lines of the politicians who write laws, making statements that would leave one to believe that they should decide how one expresses his freedoms, and that they shouldn’t be “allowed” to do so outside of their opinion.

Man should make no law over another man, except for himself. As long as no one is harmed i don’t see the issue here. We will keep everyone up to date on the situation as it plays out.

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