Advocates protest charges against rifle-carrying teen

A Michigan teen was arrested for carrying a rifle in public in April.

"Open Carry" advocates took to Monday's Birmingham City Council meeting with their guns displayed to support a high school student who was arrested for exercising his Second Amendment right.

According to The Detroit News, 18-year-old Sean Combs was arrested in April for walking downtown with an M-1 rifle strapped to his back. Combs was charged with brandishing a weapon, resisting and obstructing police and disturbing the peace.

Combs' supporters say the arrest was illegal because it violated his civil rights and the charges need to be dropped.

"I'm in support of anyone who gets into trouble for doing something legal," open carry advocate Dan Edinger told Birmingham Patch, with a pistol at his hip and an AR 15 rile over his shoulder. "I want to bring attention to the fact that open carry â?? whether rifle or pistol â?? is legal in Michigan."

Birmingham Police Chief Don Studt defended the arrest, saying "this guy was creating a disturbance and he wouldn't cooperate."

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