Michigan Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, who is expected to run for the governor’s seat in 2018, issued a warning to residents to not be manipulated by anti-gun activists. Calley said in this story from CBS that he warned activists to not let gun-control advocates “drag you into having to create a justification to keep and bear arms” and that gun owners don’t need a “good reason” to exercise their constitutional rights, as laws in many states say.

From the story:

“Calley says reasons to have a gun include hunting and personal protection, but gun owners need no reason because of the Second Amendment.”

He went on to say he and Republican Gov. Rick Snyder have “some differences” on gun issues but didn’t go into detail.

The story says Snyder recently vetoed legislation that would let concealed carry license holders to carry inside schools.

Calley, a Republican, served as a member of the Michigan House of Representatives from 2007 to 2011 before taking the job as 63rd Lieutenant Governor of Michigan. At age 40, he is the youngest man to serve in the position since 1959.

He has been a leading voice for autism awareness, and has received recognition for sharing his experiences as a father to a daughter with autism and for leading autism insurance reform in his state.