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Carlos Osorio, Associated Press
ADVANCE FOR SUNDAY, JAN. 15- In a photo shot on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012, Rick Ector is shown with his Smith and Wesson 9mm in Detroit. Ector is pushing to make Detroit an "open carry" city and organizes public dinners and picnics where each legally licensed attendee wears a handgun.

DETROIT — Rick Ector held two events in Detroit last year to educate the public on openly carrying firearms in Detroit.

The gun advocate and firearms instructor plans to hold more.

Ector says a dinner at a public restaurant and a picnic at Detroit's Belle Isle park drew about 100 people each with all attendees wearing sidearms.

He says violent crime in the city is enough reason why people legally owning guns should consider wearing them in public.

Police Chief Ralph Godbee says there already are too many guns on Detroit streets. Through Dec. 11, 3,997 guns were seized.

Twenty-eight states allow the open carrying of firearms without any government permission. Michigan and four other states allow open carry as long as the weapons are registered.