Marquette County officials respond to Secretary of State’s ban on openly carrying firearms November 3

Marquette County officials respond to Secretary of State’s ban on openly carrying firearms November 3

MARQUETTE COUNTY, Mich. (WLUC) – UPDATE: (AP) – A judge has blocked a sudden ban on the open display of guns near Michigan polling places on Election Day. Judge Christopher Murray acted Tuesday, just a few hours after hearing a challenge from gun-rights groups. They said Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, a Democrat, had exceeded her authority in banning people from openly carrying guns within 100 feet of polling places. Critics argued that Benson failed to go through a formal rule-making process as required under state law. Attorney General Dana Nessel released a statement immediately following the ruling saying, “We intend to immediately appeal the judge’s decision as this issue is of significant public interest and importance to our election process.” ——————- On October 16, Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson announced a ban on the open carry of firearms to the polls on Election Day. Local officials and law enforcement are responding to that direction, which they believe to be unconstitutional. The ban prohibits voters from carrying firearms into polling locations, clerk’s offices, and absent voter counting boards on November 3. However, unless a court gives a clarifying ruling or legislation is made, Marquette County Prosecutor Matt Wiese says Benson’s direction will not be enforced in the county. “We don’t disagree with her intent, but we don’t believe that there’s legal authority to outright ban firearms at polling places because of a person’s Second Amendment Constitutional right to open carry,” Wiese explained. Wiese says he consulted the Marquette County […]

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