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State Rep. Wants Second Amendment Monument Moved To Capitol Lawn

By Alethia Kasben
Managing Editor
Posted: April 24, 2017 2:56 PM

In 1994, more than 10,000 people attended a Second Amendment rally at the Michigan Capitol, and afterward, 800 pounds of spent shell casings collected from the event were used to create a plaque that Rep. Martin Howrylak wants on the building’s grounds.

Mr. Howrylak (R-Troy) introduced HB 4481* last week to do just that. The brass plaque containing the Second Amendment is 400 pounds and measures four feet by six feet. It is currently being warehoused in Holt and would be moved to the Capitol at private cost under the bill.

“This bill would allow the Michigan Capitol Parks Commission to receive and display this historic monument on the Capitol grounds,” Mr. Howrylak said in a statement.

According to Mr. Howrylak, the House unanimously passed a similar bill in 2005. Its prospects this term do not seem as bright, as it was sent to the House Government Operations Committee, where many a bill goes to die.

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