Teen Who Carried M1 Carbine Rifle Through Downtown Birmingham is Acquitted
Well, here's a victory for the Open Carry Rights law in Michigan.
Sean M. Combs, a young looking 18-year-old who walked proudly through downtown Birmingham in April with a loaded M1 carbine rifle, was acquitted Thursday by a 48th District Court jury in Bloomfield Hills on charges of brandishing a firearm and disturbing the peace.
The rifle seemed to stand out in a place where it's far more common to see people brandishing Gucci purses.
The verdict came one day after Judge Marc Barron threw out a count of resisting and obstructing police.
Combs was arrested April 12 after police confronted him and asked for indentification. He refused to produce it and the officers arrested him, causing a stir among gun rights advocates.
Michigan has an open carry law those 18 and older. The law does not require a person to carry an ID. But police said they had a right to question him because they weren't certain he was at least 18.
Combs had said he was walking around with the weapon to exercise his rights.