Michigan officials clarify that open carry of firearms isn’t allowed at polls

Michigan officials clarify that open carry of firearms isn’t allowed at polls


State officials in Michigan are reminding voters ahead of Election Day that the open carry of firearms at polling places is prohibited amid concerns of potential intimidation at the polls.

Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson issued the guidance Friday, saying that the presence of firearms “may cause disruption, fear or intimidation” for millions of the state’s voters on Nov. 3.

The open carry of a firearm is prohibited in polling places, any hallway used by voters to enter or exit polling sites or within 100 feet of any entrance to a polling place, Benson said.

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“Absent clear standards, there is potential for confusion and uneven application of legal requirements for Michigan’s 1,600 election officials, 30,000 election inspectors, 8 million registered voters, and thousands of challengers and poll watchers on Election Day,” the guidance stated.

Voters may leave a firearm inside a vehicle parked within 100 feet of the building “if otherwise permitted by law to possess the firearm

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