U.S. Magistrate Judge Robin Meriweather made the order Thursday as Kelley awaits trial over misdemeanor charges related to his presence at the January 6 Capitol riot, the Detroit Free Press reported.
Kelley’s lawyer objected to the ruling, arguing Kelley needs to be able to carry his firearm since he has no paid security. “He asked that he be permitted to carry his firearm for his own self-defense, during the campaign,” attorney Gary Springsteen said.
Meriweather sympathized with Kelley’s argument. “I do understand the concern,” she said, according to the Free Press. However, the federal judge ultimately ruled that other factors, “including the safety