Eric Trump canceled a visit to a gun shop in Michigan where one of the men accused of plotting to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer used to work.
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Eric Trump canceled a visit to a gun store near Michigan after it was discovered that one of the 13 men accused of plotting a conspiracy to kidnap Governor Grotchen Whitmer was working there.
The gun shop did not identify the worker, but said the man worked there on the shooting range for three weeks in February.
He was fired after wearing lots of tactical gear to work and acting strange, the company said.
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Eric Trump canceled a visit to a gun shop in Michigan after it was discovered that one of the 13 men accused of plotting to kidnap Governor Gretchen Whitmer was working there.
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Huron Valley Guns wrote in a Facebook post that one of the men charged in the conspiracy worked there for three weeks in February and was fired after showing up to work with "a lot of tactical gear".
"We found that a bit strange. We didn't feel comfortable with him for a few other reasons and we fired him after three weeks. He was one of the marginal characters arrested for the kidnapping by Governor Whitmer," the organization wrote.
Ed Swadish, owner of Huron Valley Guns, told The Detroit News that he was unable to reveal the employee's name on the advice of his lawyers, but said the former employee worked at the shooting range.
"If this were a factory, it would be the equivalent of a floor sweeper," Swadish said of the person, according to the Detroit News.
Federal and state officials charged thirteen people with suspected conspiracy to kidnap Whitmer.
An FBI affidavit said the men had turned to members of an armed right-wing militia in Michigan to carry out their plan.
"In early 2020, the FBI became aware through social media that a group of people were discussing the violent overthrow of certain government and law enforcement components. Those identified included Croft and Fox," wrote Richard Trask II, an FBI agent in the affidavit.
The gun store said that while it was sad that Eric Trump had changed venue, it was glad the news came out early.
"The governor would have had a field day against the Trump campaign. You would accuse the government of sending his son to a facility where terrorists work and train. This couldn't be further from the truth, but face it turn left ", they wrote in the Facebook post.
The Trump Organization did not respond to Business Insider's request for comment at the time of publication.
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