LANSING, Mich. — Security is ramping up in Lansing in and around the Michigan Capitol as protests are expected this weekend. No one wants to see, or is predicting, a repeat of the violence that happened at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. However, armed protesters will be at the Capitol.
"We do not intend to remain silent," said Michael Lackomar, team leader of the Southeast Michigan Volunteer Militia. "We always go armed."
Lackomar's 200 members have been at the state capitol many times over the years for Second Amendment rallies, and last year because of COVID lockdowns and the election.
They have always been peaceful. He says to expect more big turnouts, especially on Sunday.
The governor has been urged to activate the Michigan National Guard. She will only say they are in discussions with them, state police and Lansing police for increased security.
Attorney General Dana Nessel is creating new controversy after a national television appearance and tweeting that the Michigan Capitol is not safe.
She says that's because while open carry has just been banned inside the building, licensed concealed carry has not been banned.
"We don't even have anybody to check if you d have a license," Nessel said on CNN Tuesday evening.
That bill has been introduced in the first day of the new legislative session here.
"I can just say we are prepared if something should arise," Gov. Whitmer said.
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