Minor-league team defends allowing open-carry firearms at ballpark

The Battle Creek Bombers, a Michigan-based independent minor-league baseball team, are defending their decision to hold a "second amendment education night" last Friday, when they allowed fans to bring open-carry firearms to the ballpark.

The promotion caused some controversy, with critics accusing the team of taking sides in a political debate. The Bombers issued a statement on Tuesday denying that claim, and insisting that it was a "business promotion event."

"The event was never about taking sides in an ideological debate," the team said in its statement.