Open carry activists in Orion Township, Mich., had the police called on them during their “For Liberty Friday” protest last week. However, they were pleasantly surprised when they were confronted by a sheriff’s deputy who completely supported their demonstration because it is protected under the Second Amendment.
“We saw the a [sic] OC Sheriff car pull up so we all took out our camera-phones right away, anticipating trouble,” the video’s description reads. “This officer gets out of his car, waves to us, and walks right over. He shakes all of our hands, introduces himself, and states his purpose for walking over to us.”
The officer reportedly never asked the protesters to disarm or asked for their names or identification as they were not suspected of committing a crime.
“I think I can speak for everyone in the group that it was an honor to meet this man,” the video description continues. “This is what we need to see from police officers everywhere! THIS MAN IS A HERO.”
In the video uploaded on YouTube earlier this week, the deputy says “people call, I gotta come.”
“You guys are exercising your freedom of speech, your Second Amendment rights and that’s all good,” deputy Paul Buell says. “I’m out to catch bad guys, not people that are exercising their constitutional rights.”
He also talks about how guns will scare the “uneducated,” much like someone holding a can of gas in one hand and a lighter in the other.
Watch the video below:
One of the men behind the “For Liberty Friday” weekly protest, Nicholas Somberg, was reportedly detained during a different protest and had his firearm confiscated temporarily by police, who he called “scum bags.”
He appeared on local Fox affiliate WJBK-TV to discuss the concerns surrounding open carry: