Spent shell casings were collected, melted down and made into a plaque commemorating the rally and casting in brass the Second Amendment to the US Constitution and Article I, Section 6 of the Michigan Constitution — alongside a 3-dimensional Statue of Liberty relief, created by famed, Michigan sculptor, Edward Chesney.
The purpose of this website is to encourage the Michigan Legislature to display the Brass Roots Plaque on capital grounds, and to raise public awareness of how a group of Michiganders, named Brass Roots spearheaded gun law reforms in Michigan.
On September 25th,1994 the Jon Coon, Libertarian for US Senate campaign hosted a “Brass Roots” rally, honoring both the Second Amendment to the US Constitution and Article I, Sec. 6 of the Michigan Constitution. The 10,000 Michigan gun owners who attended contributed hundreds of pounds of spent brass “from firearms they vow to never give up” that was melted down and cast into a 4′ x 6′ plaque.
The momentum from the Rally was used to form a non-partisan organization who’s efforts successfully made Michigan into a “shall-issue” state, where conceal-cary permits (CCW or CPL) are issued based upon objective criteria rather than political cronyism.
The “BrassRoots” rally was held on September 25, 1994 on the east steps of the state capitol, hosted by LPM candidate for US Senate, Jon Coon — who went on that fall to garner almost 5% of the vote. More than 10,000 people attended, many contributing spent brass from “a gun they would never give up.” Coon had made The right to keep and bare arms his main campaign issue. This was one year after the attack by the FBI against a religious community near Waco, Tx, that ended a nearly two-month siege (which began as a BATF gun-control raid publicity stunt) by burning their building complex to the ground. Eighty people including two dozen children died as a result.