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Gun control showdown on Capitol lawn

6:17 PM, Apr 13, 2013   |    comments
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LANSING, Mich. (WZZM) -  A gun control rally at the Capitol Saturday turned into a showdown when a gun rights group arrived.

A crowd gathered near the steps to hear speakers talk about what gun laws they want brought to Michigan. When the other side heard this was going to happen, they set up their own area to picket closer to the road. The two groups were then separated by police.

"We wanted to bring awareness to the issues. We wanted to engage people," said Nicole Robertson, head of the Grand Rapids chapter of "Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. "Whatever way, we just want you to make your voices heard. Call your elected representatives, let them know this is what you support, (that) you support common sense, yet stronger gun laws that are being proposed."

"We're going to peacefully assemble, and essentially counteract," said Tom Lambert, Michigan Open Carry Grand Rapids Coordinator. "Show that not everybody believes we should have what they say we should have."

Both sides kept the peace and there were no incidents. As for what's happening inside the Capitol, Michigan currently has no new gun regulation legislation.

For more from both sides at the rally, click on the attached video.

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