Michigan election officials announced Friday that the state is banning the open carry of firearms at or near polling sites on Election Day, NBC reported.
Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson said in a statement to polling officials that guns will be prohibited near polling to protect against voter intimidation, according to NBC. (RELATED: Amnesty International Calls On Governors To Ban Guns Near Polling Sites)
“The open carry of a firearm is prohibited in a polling place, in any hallway used by voters to enter or exit, or within 100 feet of any entrance to a building in which a polling place is located,” the new guidance said. “Outside of 100 feet of a polling place, if any person is acting in a way that would tend to intimidate, hinder or impede voters on the way to the polls, election inspectors should immediately contact law enforcement.”
But the guidance says, with the proper licenses, a person may leave their firearm in a vehicle if over 100 feet from the polling site.
Michigan bans the open carry of guns inside or near polling places on Election Day over fears of voter intimidation. https://t.co/lhMMpP69pJ
— NBC News