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Dearborn police update open carry situation, threat to mosque

Posted: 5:30 PM, Feb 23, 2017
Updated: 2017-02-23 17:30:59-05

Dearborn police say two incidents in the city last weekend are leaving some residents on edge. The first involved an open carry demonstration while the other, a threatening phone call to a mosque.

On Sunday, five people, four of them armed, walked down Schaefer Rd., in what police are now saying was a staged open carry protest.

Chief Ronald Haddad expressed concern over how it took place.

"I don't think it's a projection of Second Amendment rights, but rather it's an intrusion on safety of good community," he said.

Police say it was in clear response to an incident that took place earlier this month in which two gun advocates were arrested after barging into the Dearborn police lobby, heavily armed and wearing ski masks. 

The chief is now reaching out to state legislators asking them to review the open carry law.

Also on Sunday, a threatening voicemail was left at the American Muslim Society saying, "Mohammed was a pedophile and all Muslims are agents of satan."

"I find this threat to be totally unacceptable," Haddad said. "We're doing everything we can to keep the community safe."