Gun rights groups sue over Michigan secretary of state ban on firearms at polling places

Gun rights groups sue over Michigan secretary of state ban on firearms at polling places

Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson has issued a directive reminding Michigan elections clerks that firearms cannot be openly carried at the polls. WASHINGTON — Editor’s note: The related video above was published Oct. 19. Michigan’s secretary of state’s ban on openly carrying firearms at polling places is being challenged by gun rights groups, a little more than a week from Election Day. Concerns about voter intimidation have grown in battleground states of the presidential race like Michigan, where Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson has issued a directive reminding elections clerks that firearms cannot be openly carried at the polls. “Fair, free and secure elections are the foundation of our democracy,” Benson said. Three groups sued against her ban last week in the Michigan Court of Claims, asking for faster proceedings so the issue can be settled before Nov. 3, news outlets report. Michigan Open Carry lawyer Dean Greenblatt told Michigan Public Radio that Benson is acting outside her authority. He says people should not have to choose between their right to vote, and to bear arms. The Traverse City Record-Eagle reports some sheriffs have said they won’t enforce Benson’s ban. Police Chief Jeffrey O’Brien says the directive holds no authority under the Second Amendment and Michigan has no law prohibiting open carry, but that he’ll uphold the ban if prosecutors find it’s legal. The Detroit Free Press reports that although the Michigan attorney general says the secretary of state has the authority to issue the directive, neither official has […]

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