Police Arrest Troy Teen Carrying Loaded Rifle in Downtown Birmingham

According to the Birmingham Police Department, the 18-year-old from Troy was carrying a M1-.30 caliber rifle that was fully loaded with one round in the chamber.

An 18-year-old from Troy, Sean Michael Combs, was arrested Friday night in downtown Birmingham after police found him walking around with a rifle slung across his back.

According to police reports, officers on foot patrol saw Combs with the rifle walking near South Old Woodward and Merrill at around 10:20 p.m.

Officers stopped the man and asked for identification so they could verify if he was old enough to be in possession of the rifle. Birmingham Police Cmdr. Terry Kiernan said adults are allowed to carry firearms in Michigan, though Combs appeared "very young," Kiernan said.

However, police said Combs refused to identify himself, and he was taken into custody for disorderly conduct, brandishing a firearm and obstructing an officer.

Later, police determined the weapon was a M1-.30 caliber rifle that was fully loaded with one round in the chamber. No proof of ownership for the rifle was ever obtained, and Kiernan said the Combs was uncooperative during police questioning. As of Monday, Kiernan said police are not sure of Combs' motives.

Combs posted bond that night and was released. He is scheduled to appear at the 48th District Court at 8:30 a.m. April 25.

Anyone with information about any of this incident may call the at 248-530-1889. 

Bruce April 17, 2012 at 09:36 PM
Carrying a loaded semi automatic rifle with a full clip and one in the chamber is not indicitave of someone simply happy about his birthday present. Being stupid gets you killed regardless of what "right" you have.
Barbara Koehn April 17, 2012 at 10:04 PM
Or, Jon, a right to have our heads blown off-In as much as this is not the "Old West", I am not sure we all need to be armed-My Hubs is a member of the DSC and shoots sporting clays-he has a ccw permit but knows where he can carry and where he can't-I dare say he wouldn't walk down the street in B'ham with an M31 slung over his shoulder-but this is the difference between an 18 yr old and an over 50 yr old!! As I said before, was it smart, no, but did he have the right to carry openly-YUP! We shall see what the outcome is!
Jon April 17, 2012 at 11:50 PM
That's fine. I myself would not do what he did, and will admit I would be a bit apprehensive if I had seen him. But it's not illegal. If you don't like it, it's time to get active. Until then, he's well within his rights. He will not be convicted and may sue. That actually may have been his entire motivation. He's either making a statement, or making money.
Jon April 17, 2012 at 11:52 PM
And to add - of course your husband knows where he can and can't carry. You can view this in the MI laws, on the sheriff's website, and many other places. The man (18yo from other articles) here also knew where he can and can't carry. We're arguing over semantics. Your opinion vs the law.
Wiley Coyote April 18, 2012 at 12:22 AM
Guys, boil it down a little more--what we're really talking about here goes beyond the law--it comes down to using good judgement and common sense. This young man demonstrated a tremendous lack of maturity while in possession of a deadly, loaded weapon in a public area. Keeping a round loaded in the chamber? How stupid is that? Is this what NRA members would refer to as responsible gun ownership? If he had pulled that weapon off his shoulder the wrong way after arguing with the police officers, they could easily have construed his action as preparing to fire and killed him on the spot. Have his parents thought about that? I once had a police officer put a gun to my head when I was about 18--a mistaken identity situation. Having your life depend on whether someone's finger twitches is a very frightening experience.
Kyle G. April 18, 2012 at 07:15 PM
Can you point me to where you have a right to "feel" safe? just because the sight of a gun "intimidates" you, everyone has to give up their rights? sounds like you need to talk to a shrink and work out your irrational fears of guns......
Kyle G. April 18, 2012 at 07:44 PM
Please explain to me how keeping a round chambered in a firearm you are legally carrying stupid? you think the cops walking around have empty guns? Why would he remove his gun while talking to cops? He did the right thing by refusing the police illegal orders to show them his "papers". I doubt he gave up his firearm. They took it from him, so there wouldn't be any "misconstrued actions".
c April 19, 2012 at 02:04 AM
The key factor that a lot of people have not taken into consideration is that the article states the individual refused to identify himself to police officers after they approached him. The police officers are well within their rights to ask for identification. If they did not take action and this young man opened fire some place then people would be commenting on how the police didn't do their job. A normal person does not walk around with a loaded rifle in the middle of a city such as Birmingham. Maybe, this young man needs a psychiatric evaluation. I have several people in my family that hunt and at no time would they ever consider abusing the right to carry a firearm in this immature manner. This young and I repeat young man does not have the maturity level necessary to carry a firearm. I am thankful to the police officers for exercising common sense, something of which the young man seems to lack.
A Guy April 19, 2012 at 05:29 AM
Your "sense" of freedom may be infringed, but your actual freedom would not be. Learn the difference. Nowhere in the constitution does it say that other people have to give up their rights just so that you can feel warm and cozy. And for the record, the cops made up all sorts of charges and arrested him even though it's something that the state attorney general already issued a ruling on, and the state police issued an update on to ALL POLICE AGENCIES about. Not only can the guy with the "idiotic grin" sue the city, but he can sue each individual police officer who had anything to do with this. Freedom makes me smile too. Let's leave the gun out of this for now - the police stop you while you're doing nothing illegal and demand to see your papers, arresting you when you refuse. The supreme court already said you don't have to show them. They charged him with obstructing an officer by not telling his age/name/ownership. Did he ever lose that "right to remain silent?" Remember, the police have to prove your guilt, you don't have to prove your innocence. Oh, and what everybody else said about a slung rifle - if it's laying across his back and pointing up, exactly who is he threatening? Try reading attorney general opinion 7101 if you don't believe me...
myak47 April 19, 2012 at 09:57 AM
Thomas Paine quote: He supposed quietude of a good man allure the ruffian; while on the other hand, arms like laws discourage and keep the invader and the plunderer in awe, and preserve order in the world as well as property. The same balance would be preserved were all the world destitute of arms, for all would be alike; but since some will not, others dare not lay them aside...Horrid mischief would ensue were one half the world deprived of the use of them... Did you ever notice the types of wanted murderous rampage shootings usually happen at the gun SAFE zones? Why is it the few that do these somehow do not commit these crimes AT the police stations or maybe a shooting range... hmmmm? Point is that the world is a dangerous place, you walk this earth ONE time, whome is responible for YOUR success to complete your walk in its entirety? You are, trust not this task to ANY other entity or office. ALSO...Google (democide) It would seem we have more to worry about from those that wear our own uniforms.... to the tune of almost 200 million in the last twentieth century alone world wide. We are here to help you........ trust no one.
A Guy April 19, 2012 at 04:27 PM
I'm gonna agree with kyle. The one run-in I had with the cops (also where they overstepped their bounds and I won in court), I had my gun in a locker. They had me open the locker and immediately step away, hands on their guns the whole time. They removed it from the locker, took out the magazine, and removed the round from the chamber (a gun that's not ready to fire as soon as you need it is almost as useful as a light plastic brick).
Kyle G. April 19, 2012 at 10:54 PM
you are right David! Very scary that these cops would violate a citizen's rights so easily and without care! I hope they are properly repremanded and taught the laws they are supposed to enforce and not violate.....
Kyle G. April 19, 2012 at 11:03 PM
actually you are wrong, Michigan is not a "Stop and ID" state. This young man has no legal duty to produce ID if he is not being detained or arrested. The can ask, but if they are told to pound sand like Sean told them to do by refusing to produce ID, anything they do after that other than walking away is illegal. the key factor here is that thousands of citizens in that area either conceal carry or open carry every day, everywhere they are allowed to. Just like this young man.
c April 20, 2012 at 12:07 AM
In response to Kyle G. they were questioning if he was of legal age. They certainly do have a right and I am more than happy that they are watching out for the majority. Something looked amiss and that is what the police officers where responding to. This young man is getting his 15 minutes of fame which might just be what he intended when he walked out of the house.
Kyle G. April 20, 2012 at 03:10 PM
they can ask any questions they want. he has no legal duty to answer any questions or produce ID. (ever heard of the 5th Amendment?) Just because he didnt submit to the will and intimidation tactics of these bullies doesnt mean he did anything illegal or wrong. please explain to me how exercising your "right to remain silent" is obstructing an officer?
Robert Retford April 20, 2012 at 04:26 PM
FIrst the guy looks 12 the LEO simply asked him to produce an ID to show his age. The guy refused the simple request so therefore he was arrested. He had another motive no doubt in my mind he was not carrying the rifle for self defense. A third rate crackhead could have done whatever he wanted to him before he could have unslung the rifle and used it. I know Michigan is a state where it is legal to open carry simply because there is not a law against it, fine but Michigan Open Carry the peoples voice in all this on their own website that while it supports the open carry of handguns it DOES NOT support the carrying of long guns. Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.
Kyle G. April 20, 2012 at 06:28 PM
Robert, please explain to me how/why it is illegal for an American citizen to exersice their rights? And while you are at it explain to me how you are capable to know what this young man's motives were? you said yourself " no doubt in my mind he was not carrying for self defense" are you the same with other people? When you see a muslim walking down the street is there no doubt in your mind they are a terrorist? when you see a hispanic is there no doubt in your mind they are an illegal alien?
x1wildone April 21, 2012 at 08:38 PM
So if you don't have common sense and are stupid and immature, then you are subject to being arrested? Wouldn't be very many people left on the streets.
Inner Voice April 26, 2012 at 03:49 AM
The question I have is why are there so many frightened people walking around with guns? Why do the people that carry a weapon feel compelled to carry? Yes it's legal and you have a right to do it but I feel really sorry for you. I hope you find peace from your fears someday. There is a better way to live. Peace of mind is a wonderful thing and it is available to you at any time. You just have to change the way you think.
Kyle G. April 26, 2012 at 02:08 PM
do you wear a seatbelt while in a car? why are you so scared about getting into a wreck? do you have smoke detectors in your house? why are you so afraid that your house will burn down in any second? do you have health insurance? life insurance? do you lock your doors and windows when you are not home? see where I'm going with this? We are not "frightened". we are prepared, we know and understand that the world is a dangerous place and that crime can happen anywhere. Law abiding gun owners either stop or prevent crime against ourselves and family over 2 million times a year. thats over 5,400 times a day. how many times has your smoke alarm gone off today? how many times has your seat belt saved your life? but we are the paranoid ones........
Sam Adams May 11, 2012 at 01:05 PM
You can't blame the parents...he is 18 y.o and knows the laws better than most US citizens. Blame our Fore Fathers
ronhodgins June 22, 2012 at 03:46 AM
well the law doesnt say if you look old enough to open carry a firearm you can. it says you have to be an adult. 18 years old, it also says in the law you dont need to give ID unless you are being stopped for a motor vehicle violation. This guy knew the law, he was testing the laws, and he found out the police dont care. NOw He is going to be a part owner in Bimingham after his lawsuit settlement for unlawful arrest.
ronhodgins June 22, 2012 at 03:48 AM
there is no know defined restriction except a fully automatic machine gun. which has been outlawed in the state since the 40's
ronhodgins June 22, 2012 at 03:58 AM
wiley,I am going to go out on a limb, he is going to win his unlawful arrest and birmingham people are going to pay this kids college expenses. as far as disturbing the peace he didnt, he was exercising his state constitutional right. and the police were the ones disturbing the peace. as far as your rights you have none much like me eating an ice cream cone in public it is a legal act, so is carring a firearm in public
ronhodgins June 22, 2012 at 04:02 AM
I would disagree wiith your analogy case alw has been established that even a person carrying a firearm after breaking into you house doesnt automatically give you the right to shoot that person. you have be afraid for your life and an act has to be demostrated. before that happens granted you dont have to run and hide but you have to prove your actions. so good luck with that.
ronhodgins June 22, 2012 at 04:14 AM
NOt to disway your new found understanding. I might also ask you to see the MSP crime stats that show we have become a polite armed society. with reduced crime.
ronhodgins June 22, 2012 at 04:17 AM
as a former EMS worker most gun crimes are from unlawfully obtained guns, and remember any legal act is just that. your reaching and your dog dont hunt.
ronhodgins June 22, 2012 at 04:23 AM
no they didnt have a right to ask for id, no other probable cause either,
Angelica Anderson October 17, 2012 at 01:46 PM
yeah, People would feel threatened by that but it seems like only mothers are worried about this law that has gone unnoticed. It's silly that people can carry around loaded guns, as if these were battle grounds.
rob December 13, 2012 at 06:32 AM
do dogs scare you as well? might as well outlaw anyone from owning a dog...


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