Michigan Bans Open Carry Of Guns At Polling Sites On Election Day, Sparking Anger From Second Amendment Advocates

Michigan Bans Open Carry Of Guns At Polling Sites On Election Day, Sparking Anger From Second Amendment Advocates

Topline Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson on Friday announced the state will prohibit the open carry of guns at polling places, clerk’s offices and places absentee ballots are counted on Election Day, drawing criticism from Second Amendment advocates. Michigan banned open carry of guns in and near polling places on Election Day. Key Facts Open carry is now prohibited within 100 feet of polling locations and beyond 100 feet if a gun carrier is intimidating or impeding voters on their way to vote, the statement says. Benson said, “prohibiting the open-carry of firearms in areas where citizens cast their ballots is necessary to ensure every voter is protected." Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel backed the decision saying, “an armed presence at the polls is inconsistent with our notion of a free democracy.” The president of Michigan Open Carry Joey Roberts told The Detroit News his organization may file a lawsuit because it doesn’t believe Benson has the authority to impose the policy and disagrees with the assertion that going to a polling place with a gun qualifies as voter intimidation. Rep. Triston Cole, a Republican member of the Michigan House of Representatives, called it “an in your face unconstitutional ban," noting the areas are not designated as gun free zones, and said, “Democrats want to take your guns and your Second Amendment rights away." The announcement comes amid nationwide concerns about security at polling locations and worries over armed militia groups in Michigan after eight people were charged […]

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