Michigan Bans Open Carry Near Election Polling Locations

Michigan Bans Open Carry Near Election Polling Locations

Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson informed election officials Friday the open carry of firearms will not be allowed near polling places.

The Detroit News reports Benson sent “guidance” to the officials, which said, “The presence of firearms at the polling place, clerk’s office(s), or absent voter counting board may cause disruption, fear or intimidation for voters, election workers and others present.”

Benson also said, “Fair, free and secure elections are the foundation of our democracy. I am committed to ensuring all eligible Michigan citizens can freely exercise their fundamental right to vote without fear of threats, intimidation or harassment.”

She added, “Prohibiting the open-carry of firearms in areas where citizens cast their ballots is necessary to ensure every voter is protected.”

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This means the open carry of guns is banned inside the state’s polling places and “in any hallways voters use to enter or exit them.” It also means open carry

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