LaFave carries firearm into Capitol, gun is stolen days later

State Rep. Beau LaFave at the open carry rally at the Michigan Capitol, Sept. 10, 2019 | Claire Moore

Just days after state Rep. Beau LaFave (R-Iron Mountain) toted an AR-style gun in the Capitol on the night of the Jan. 29 State of the State speech, his Lansing home was broken into and two firearms were stolen, according to the Detroit News.

LaFave, who is a vocal Second Amendment advocate who spoke at the annual Open Carry Day rally at the Capitol last year, was not allowed to bring the firearm in during Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s address. The lawmaker didn’t return messages from the Advance Wednesday afternoon seeking comment.

He told the News he noticed the door to his house was damaged and the gun he brought with him to the address, a .40-caliber Smith & Weston and $25 were missing on Monday morning.

Both guns were loaded and were not stored in a locked safe, but he said they were hidden within the home and the front door was dead-bolted. 

“I didn’t leave them lying on the counter so anybody casing the joint could see it at the time,” LaFave told the News. “To require any gun owner in the state of Michigan to do anything more than that would be an infringement of their constitutional rights.”

Some of his Democratic constituents wrote in a statement that LaFave’s public display of his firearms is “dangerous.”

“Openly carrying a weapon in a public place and/or making a public spectacle is not considered wise nor responsible gun ownership,” said Mari Negro, chair for the Menominee County Democratic Party and communications chair of the 906 Dems. “Taunting folks and challenging them to ‘come and take it’ as did Representative Beau LaFave is a very dangerous and immature action.”

LaFave comes under fire for Detroit hunting social media post

LaFave told the News that Negro’s comments were victim-blaming.  

“I’m a big boy and can handle it, but I will be extremely upset if the Democrats continue to blame victims of crime for what happened to them,” he said.

In November, LaFave came under fire for some Facebook posts, including a photo showing LaFave posing with a thumbs up next to a mannequin with the words, “Lost Hunter from Detroit,” displayed around the figure’s neck. State Rep. Cynthia Johnson (D-Detroit) called it “racist.”

LaFave dismissed Johnson’s criticism and told the Advance, “She’s just mad; wants to come up with something to complain about.”