Calley encourages gun-rights activists at Michigan Capitol

Michigan Lt. Gov. Brian Calley
Michigan Lt. Gov. Brian Calley speaks to 24 Hour News 8. (March 28, 2016)

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Lt. Gov. Brian Calley says gun owners don’t need a “good reason” to exercise their constitutional rights.

Calley, who has signaled his 2018 run for governor, spoke at a Second Amendment rally at the Capitol Wednesday. He warned activists to not let gun-control advocates “drag you into having to create a justification to keep and bear arms.”

Calley says reasons to have a gun include hunting and personal protection, but gun owners need no reason because of the Second Amendment.

Calley told reporters he and Republican Gov. Rick Snyder have “some differences” on gun issues but didn’t elaborate. Snyder has vetoed legislation that would let concealed pistol license holders carry inside schools.

Calley says any “fundamental change” to gun rights should occur by amending the constitution and not with legislation.