Laws on guns at polls still murky in Michigan

Laws on guns at polls still murky in Michigan

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — This week the Secretary of State and Attorney General’s office will release guidance for voters, law enforcement, and poll workers on voter intimidation. Until then though, the laws on guns at polling places in Michigan are still relatively unclear. A recent joint study from advocacy groups Coalition to Stop Gun Violence and Guns Down America found that five swing-states, including Michigan, haven’t passed laws that expressly prohibit guns at precincts. “Guns at polling places are definitely on our radar, it’s something that’s happened in the past,” said Josh Horwitz, executive director of Coalition to Stop Gun Violence. “We’re not trying to scare people, we’re not trying to tell people not to vote. We want people to vote. But our message is that election officials, state officials, need to be ready for this.” Michigan is an open carry state, but also has gun free zones. In certain places – including schools and some houses of worship – you can’t carry your firearm. But with many schools and churches serving as voting precincts, there are questions about the intersection of gun rights and voter intimidation. “Don’t panic just because you see somebody with a gun,” said Steve Dulan, spokesman for the Michigan Coalition for Responsible Gun Ownership. “You can open carry your gun anywhere you go that’s not private property that prohibits it, but there are laws that say that access to voting places is the primary concern so we don’t have a lot of case law, […]

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