We met Rick Ector back in April at the NRA convention. He’s the motor city NRA-certified firearms instructor and LAID main man. And now he’s got his back up over Detroit area IHOPs that choose to exclude legally carried firearms in their establishments. When you think about it, it’s way too hot this summer for belly-bombing flapjacks anyway. Be we’re guessing Rick wants folks to stay out of the joints permanently, or . . .
until they change their gun-free zone policy. Come to think of it, there must be other restaurants gun owners can frequent when they want to satisfy their pancake hankerin’.
Here’s Rick’s press release:
Detroit, Michigan — July 18th, 2012 — Detroit Gun Rights Advocate’s Protest Site Against Local International House of Pancake Restaurant (IHOP) Nets 1,000th Supporter.
The “Boycott The Detroit IHOP – Crime Empowerment Zone” Page, a pro-gun page on Facebook has just netted its 1,000th supporter. The boycott site was created by a local Michigan Concealed Pistol License Class Teacher, Rick Ector, in response to that local restaurant’s active ban on the possession of all legally carried firearms – openly carried or lawfully concealed carried with a state of Michigan Concealed Weapons Permit.
In the state of Michigan, the open carry of a pistol in a visible holster is legal without a license, as long as the carrier is 18, the carrier is on foot, the carrier avoids pistol-free zones, and the pistol is registered to the carrier.
Ector supports the local IHOP management’s right to ban gun-toting patrons from its premises. He stated, “I am an ardent supporter of private property rights. However, I am also a strong supporter of the First Amendment, as well as the Second Amendment. If they don’t want lawful firearms owners dining there, I will get the word out and encourage them not to patronize that establishment. We now have 1,000 supporters; the message is reaching our market.”
Additionally, Ector is currently promoting the 2012 “Legally Armed In Detroit” Second Annual Open Carry Dinner in Detroit on Monday, August 13th. It is an event designed to not only educate the public about the legality of open carry in Michigan but to also provide a gun friendly environment for Second Amendment advocates to fellowship. Pastor Kenn Blanchard (Urban Shooter Podcast) and Mr. John Pierce (OpenCarry.org Founder) will both be speaking.
Rick Ector is a National Rifle Association credentialed Firearms Trainer, who provides Michigan CPL Class training in Detroit for students at his firearms school – Rick’s Firearm Academy of Detroit. Ector is a recognized expert in firearm safety and has been featured extensively in the national and local media: Associated Press (AP), NRAnews, Fox News Detroit, The Detroit News, WJLB, WGPR and the UrbanShooterPodcast.
For more info about the Detroit IHOP boycott and the L.A.I.D. 2nd Annual Open Carry Dinner, please contact: