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Michigan Lawmaker, Self-Described ‘Big Boy,’ Flaunts Gun at Whitmer Speech, Gets Gun Stolen

February 05, 2020, 4:54 PM

Last week, state Rep. Beau LaFave, a Republican representing the Upper Peninsula, posed outside House chambers ahead of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's State of the State speech, open-carrying his AR-style pistol — part of a "protest" against what he called the governor's "proposed unconstitutional gun laws."

Days later, the 27-year-old and his weapon parted ways after an unknown perpetrator stole it and another firearm from his home, The Detroit News reports.

According to the News, LaFave alleged on Monday that his Lansing home was robbed. The AR-style pistol, along with a .40-caliber Smith & Wesson, were among the items reported missing. Both firearms were loaded and were not stored in a safe, he said. 

Menominee County Democratic Party chair Mari Negro told the News LaFave made himself a “target” when he publicly displayed the AR, calling it a “very dangerous and immature action.” She also criticized his gun storage choices in a Wednesday press release.

LaFave, in response, accused her of “victim-blaming,” telling the News, “I’m a big boy and can handle it, but I will be extremely upset if the Democrats continue to blame victims of crime for what happened to them.”

Read more:  The Detroit News

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