LaFave, 906 Dems respond to open carry at State of the State Address
"As far as I'm concerned, the governor wants my rifle and the Democrats want my seat. Come and take it."
Those are the words from State Rep. Beau LaFave (R-Iron Mountain) after he open carried an AR-style firearm at Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s State of the State address last week.
His response comes after Whitmer joined other politicians in calling for stricter gun control laws.
"There are millions of law-abiding citizens that open carry and her ridiculous gun laws, that are unconstitutional, are not going to happen,” LaFave said.
906 Dems Co-Chair, Jason Chapman, disagreed with LaFave’s decision to bring his firearm to the speech. While the 906 Dems support the Second Amendment, they believe that it was in poor taste and done in the spirit of self-promotion instead of protest.
"We all know he supports the Second Amendment, as do the rest of us. We understand the magnitude of that evening. The disrespect towards the governor and to his district is just something we couldn't stand for,” Chapman added.
The 906 Dems sent a press release calling for LaFave to make an apology.
"It was just a way for him to get a news headline rather than to truly express his opinion in a respectful manner. And for that, we do believe he needs to apologize,” added Chapman.
However, LaFave says an apology is not in the future.
"I want my constituents to have firearms, because it makes us much safer. So no, I will not be apologizing for exercising my Second Amendment and Article 1 Section 6 constitutional right,” LaFave said.