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MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich. (WZZM) -- A Muskegon Heights man has decided to carry a rifle to and from the bus stop to protect his daughter.

"I've been doing this on a daily basis, every day she goes to school. To make sure she gets there safely and home safely", says Michael LaMay.

It's in response to the recent violence in the city.

"And with the way things are going on around here, it's obviously become unsafe to just be walking down the streets."

At first, Muskegon Heights Police were concerned about LaMay carrying a rifle. A week ago, they approached him on the street.

"At that point, they confiscated my weapon, but everything came back clear."

LaMay says the officers were only doing their job and they returned his gun a few days later.

Friday afternoon, as he went to pick up his daughter, some of the neighbors were angry.

Roy Simpson says, "Come on, he should have that for protection at his own house. Not around here."

LaMay says he doesn't want to cause any trouble.

He knows it may be controversial, but it's more important to him to keep his daughter safe.

Muskegon County Prosecutor DJ Hilson says he is aware of the situation and although he doesn't advocate it, LaMay is not breaking any laws.

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