Associated Press - August 2, 2009 4:04 AM ET

OXFORD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - Organizers of a gathering in a Detroit suburb wanted picnickers to bring a dish to share and carry a handgun in plain view.

The Oakland Press of Pontiac reports the picnic took place Sunday, August 2 at Seymour Lake Park in Oxford Township, about 30 miles north-northwest of Detroit, Organizers say the point is to raise awareness of a Michigan law allowing registered gun owners to openly carry handguns without a special permit.

Alcohol and shooting was not allowed at the potluck.

Before the event, John Roshek of Oxford, who is a member of Michigan Open Carry, said the gathering is "a regular family picnic. The only difference is the people there will armed."

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