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Fan’s Open Carry Gun Leads To Game Ending Early

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A high school soccer game in Michigan was stopped early in recent days – simply because a spectator exercised his open carry Second Amendment rights. The incident occurred during a game between Hudsonville Freedom Christian and Western Michigan Christian high schools in Muskegon.

The unidentified gun owner was spotted openly carrying a handgun and was asked to leave by an assistant athletic director Fred VandenBrand. Instead of leaving the Michigan high school soccer game, the gun owner opted to put his weapon inside his car and return to the stands and watch the game. The removal of the legal gun was apparently not enough for the school, which decided the game should be cancelled with just 15 minutes left. According to MLive, the gunless gun owner sitting in the stands made school officials “uncertain” – mainly whether he was still carrying it.

“I thought it was necessary to clear the field of players and parents,” said David Hulings, coach of Western Michigan Christian High School. “It is regretful that the boys on both teams could not finish. I am sorry for the inconvenience, but I thought it best to err on the side of caution. Although I personally have no objection to, and do support, his right to carry, the school also has a right under the law to ask him to leave.”

A law enforcement officer was called to the soccer field after the man choosing to openly carry his pistol was spotted. It is not currently known if the police officer questioned the gun owner, or what they talked about.

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“Talking to the officer…we had a right to ask him to leave, and if he returned without meeting our conditions, he could be charged with trespassing,” VandenBrand said. “I agree with our coach 100 percent. The safety of our players and students is our highest priority and our coach did the right thing in making sure our players and the fans were going to be safe before anything else. We don’t want our players on the field with someone who has a gun in the stands.”

Western Michigan lost, 2-0.

Technically, the school had a right to ask the man to leave, because it is a private school and the property is private.

Public schools, though, are a different matter.

Earlier in September police officers were also called to Edgerton Elementary School in the Clio area of Michigan when a student’s father openly carried his handgun on his waist inside the public school building. The law enforcement officers who investigated the call informed the school officials that the parent had the right to carry a non-concealed weapon on the premises.

By law, there are specific exceptions to the Michigan open carry law:

  • Banks or credit unions
  • Theaters
  • Courthouses
  • Churches or other related places of worship
  • Daycare centers
  • Hospitals
  • Sports arenas
  • Venues licenses under the state liquor control code

Exceptions to the gun free zones allow police officers, security guards, and individuals who have the permission of the ownership who possess a concealed carry permit to take a firearm into the noted locations.

In most states, there are typically more hurdles to jump through to garner a concealed carry permit than involved with simply strapping on a firearm so it is openly viewed.

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  1. I live in Massachusetts, I carry concealed all the time with an LTC. also a retired P.O.
    Concealed is really the only way to go, if you can.
    The school should have realized he was not a shooter by his actions. But schools today are nothing but socialist cesspools. The disarmament of this country will happen even if it takes 30 years, they are patient.

  2. Discretion is the greater part of valor. In consideration of the resistance the community has against people legally carrying firearms, it would seem prudent to just carry concealed to avoid all the troubles. Indeed, had a nut-job arrived and started shooting, the guy with a concealed weapon would be in a position to stop the killing. Once you force the issue and are made to remove your weapon or yourself, the people are still vulnerable to any nut-job that comes along.

    There will be no desensitizing of the community by forcing them to deal with open carry, and it may well backfire, as communities begin anew to enlarge gun-free zones or create new ones.

    • it amazes me how so many ppl , still dont get that ppl are better off armed. + its NOT safer to be defensless

      • The indoctrinators have been very successful in their antigun campaign. Just look what happened to the police officer who dropped his kid off at school while he was on his way to work. The school asked the officer not to appear at the school in uniform because allegedly some kids told their parents (more likely just one kid told his liberal mom) that they had seen a man with a gun on campus.

        That liberals reacted to the openly carried sidearm of a civilian was predictable, but that they reacted to the sidearm of a police officer is simply astounding. They are incapable of rational thought, which is why I suggested concealed carry in order to keep the idiots at bay. No one really needs to know you’re packin’ heat, so if you want to remain armed and able to defend yourself against the crazies, you have to be smart. Sure, in nature a rattlesnake announces his lethality to any creature that comes near, but that just allows some creatures to crush him with a rock. It would be far better to stay undetected, especially from the rock throwing loony Left.

        And, speaking of loonies, it is past time to bring back state mental health facilities. Our system does not keep dangerous people locked behind the gates. Notice how many of the mass shooters were certifiably nuts, but were released on their own recognizance on the promise that they’d take their meds. Not only did they not take their meds, but the drugs themselves are dangerous, causing the very conditions they are prescribed to stop. It’s hard to say who’s more insane, the crazies who commit mass murder or the people who can’t see the need to lock them up.

    • Just read an SAF article where the British newspaper “The Telegraph” polled people on 6 items including a Flat Tax, Prime Minister Term Limit, Greening of Public Spaces, a Ban on Spitting and Repeal of the Handgun Ban of 1997. At time of the writing, over 20400 people had responded to the poll with 86% in support of Repealing the Handgun Ban. Apparently the people realize that their safety has decreased during 16 years with the ban.

  3. I was trying to think of something to say on the issue but everyone seems to have covered it well. I agree, it is better to be legally armed than to fall to some crazy with a gun. Clearly the liberals are not getting it…

  4. “The safety of our players and students is our highest priority …”

    It never ceases to confuse and upset me how the general consensus is that, somehow, players and students are LESS SAFE merely because a firearm is PRESENT. I (almost) guarantee there were concealed weapons present. Does the general public feel LESS SAFE if a law enforcement officer, with a weapon, is present? They DO realize that a LEO is a man like any other man; he isn’t super human, he puts his pants on one leg at a time like the rest of us. I’m confused with the general public has no cause for alarm when a gun in present if the individual has a metal shield device affixed to his shirt, but if absent… they lose their minds.

    Every news article that speaks of disarming citizens in the interest of “increased safety” raises my blood pressure.

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